Refreshing, quaffable, delicious — the Gin Basil Smash is a true example of a modern classic cocktail.
The Gin Basil Smash is one of those rare recipes that, when you come across it, you think to yourself: “Why didn’t I think of that?”
The drink is the work of Germany’s Joerg Meyer and was created in 2008 at his bar, Le Lion, in Hamburg.
It takes a simple Gin Sour recipe, and adds a handful of basil to the mix for freshness.
It’s simple, it’s delicious — it’s a drink that has made its way around the world.
Gin Basil Smash
- 50ml gin
- 8 basil leaves
- 25ml lemon juice
- 15ml sugar syrup
- Softly muddle the basil with lemon in a mixing glass.
- Add the gin, lemon and sugar, fill the mixing glass with ice, and shake hard.
- Fine strain over good ice into a rocks glass, and garnish with basil.
Adapted from a recipe created by Joerg Meyer in 2008.