Summer Cockatail Recipes: The Basil Gin Smash

by Pamela

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To round out the week of basil recipes you just knew I had to do some kind of basil cocktail recipe right?

Poking around the interwebs, I found all kinds of cocktail recipes that utilized basil, but most were just traditional cocktails that had a touch of basil in them.  Some of them only called for basil as a garnish (really, that’s quite pathetic to claim you’ve got basil cocktail recipes and then just to garnish them with the herb).  But this one, the Basil Gin Smash, that I found over on Cocktails 365 uses the basil front and center…and uses it very well I might add.

This Basil Gin Smash is a light and refreshing summer drink that will no doubt have you drunk off your butt in no time if you aren’t careful.  Think of it like a basil lemonade without the water part.  In place of the water is Hendrick’s gin.  Yep, thought I’d slip in another Hendrick’s gin cocktail on you, since you’ve already bought a bottle of it to make the strawberry ginger infused gin fizz or last week’s cucumber cooler.

The amount of basil you use in this gin smash will determine how green your drink will be.  I used the leaves from 2 long stems of basil and got this cool green color, but if you use a handful of basil you’ll get more of an emerald green color drink with a much stronger basil flavor.  You can also vary the amount of simple syrup you use to make it more or less sweet depending on your preference.

I have to say, that my summer drink preference is quickly leaning towards these gin cocktail recipes instead of my usual vodka cocktail recipes.  But I promise that there will be some fantastic vodka cocktails coming very soon.

Have a great weekend!

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Recipe: Basil Gin Smash

Summary: Original Recipe by Jörg Meyer of Le Lion

Ingredients

  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil (the amount used will determine flavor and color of drink)
  • 1/2 Lemon (cut into quarters)
  • 2/3 Ounce Simple Syrup (see simple syrup recipe below)
  • 3 Ounces of Hendrick’s Gin

Instructions

  1. Add the basil and quartered lemon half into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle the lemon and the basil really well so that the basil is bruised and all of the lemon juice and pulp comes away from the skin.
  3. Add the simple syrup to the mixture.
  4. Fill the shaker with ice and add the gin. Shake vigorously until very cold, or until you can’t hold on to the shaker any more.
  5. Double strain into a rocks glass.
  6. Add ice (I like to use a very large cube, as it melts much more slowly than regular cubes).
  7. Garnish with with a basil leaf.

Preparation time:  5 Minutes

Cooking time:  0 Minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe: Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  2. Over medium heat, stir and dissolve sugar. Do not boil.
  3. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Once cooled, store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Preparation time:  5 Minutes

Cooking time:  7 Minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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9 comments

Eliana July 25, 2011 at 8:37 am

This looks like it could become my new go-to summer cocktail. Sounds super delish girl!

Pamela July 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks, it seems to be perfect on those hot and humid days.

Jennifer July 23, 2011 at 10:15 am

I love basil in a cocktail. They’re soooo yummy! And I love this week’s relationship advice. Those douchebags really seem like they think they’re doing you a favor by hitting on you.

Marla July 23, 2011 at 6:02 am

Such a lovely summery cocktail – basil is such a nice touch 🙂

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