You’ll be green with Envy over this cocktail
This herbaceous and refreshing Basil Gin Smash cocktail will have you rethinking a basic Gin and Tonic.
Fun fact for the day: I can speak German. Well, as much German as you can learn in a few semesters in University. Which came in handy for mixing up this Basil Gin Smash cocktail.
That’s where my awesome translating-ninja-skills came into play to translate this German recipe for our mostly American audience. You’re so welcome!
I find it fitting that we begin the month of March with such a green cocktail. It would make a delicious alternative so some of our other Saint Patrick’s day themed cocktails from the previous year. Especially, since it’s a gin cocktail and not an Irish whiskey cocktail.
This cocktail recipe is made using Hendrick’s Gin, lemon juice, fresh basil, and sugar syrup [a.k.a simple syrup which we have a fantastic recipe for]. If you want to use the gin Jörg recommends for this cocktail, you’ll want to find yourself a bottle of Rutte Dry Gin.
There is a mild bit of contention over crafting the Basil Gin Smash, as its creator wants you to muddle basil for this cocktail. Apparently, that is not well received by everyone. Over muddling can make the cocktail very herby, and it might be my German ancestors working through me, but I rather like that.
The cucumber essence of Hendrick’s Gin and the freshness of the lemon juice and basil create a great balance in this cocktail, which is key. You might need to adjust it to find the right balance for your tastes.
This Basil Gin Smash cocktail is a simple, but elegant cocktail that I plan on making more of in the future. Cheers!
This is how you make a Basil Gin Smash!
Basil Gin Smash
Yields: 1 Serving
- 2 Ounces Hendrick’s Gin
- 1 Ounce Fresh Lemon Juice
- ⅔ Ounce Simple Syrup
- 15 to 20 Fresh Basil Leaves
- Fresh Basil for Garnish
- Coupe or Rocks Glass
- Cocktail or Boston Shaker
- Muddler or Bar Spoon
Basil Gin Smash: In the bottom of your shaker, dry muddle a handful of basil leaves. Next, add in gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice. Shake vigorously for 15 to 20 seconds. Double strain cocktail into a coupe [for nicer presentation] or a rocks glass. Garnish cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Enjoy!
1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 163 Fat (g) 0 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Cholesterol (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 14 Protein (g) 0 Sodium (mg) 0.3