The Gin Basil Smash is a rather new cocktail which gives a kick of freshness on a hot summer day. Its green color makes it look a little venomous at first sight but after the first sip it will turn into your favorite summer drink of 2016.
The Basil Smash was invented independently by two different bartenders in 2008: Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg and Hariolf Sproll of the Bar Blaupause in Ulm. Mostly, the former is named as the ‘real’ inventor of the drink, which might also be because of the bigger influence of his bar – if you are interested in digging into the details you can find a detailed article at Mixology – Magazin für Barkultur (in german).
Thus, it was no surprise, that the Basil Smash even won the “Best New Cocktail” award at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.
- Put the basil leaves and the lemon juice into a cocktail shaker
- Carefully “smash” (muddle) the vegetables
- Add the sugar syrup und gin
- Top up the shaker with ice
- Shake heavily
- Double-strain the cocktail into a ice-filled glass
The classical and unobstrusive garnish for the Gin Basil Smash includes just a few basil leaves.
As a variation you can also use red basil which does not only alter the color but also slightly gives a new tasty twist to the cocktail.
It’s worth trying not to muddle the basil, as proposed by Simon Difford. He suggests it generates a fresher-tasting drink.