The Basil Smash was conceived by Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg in 2008. The drink quickly became a phenomenon, even winning “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. There are two variants to the drink – one using green and one using red basil.
General Instructions for The Gin Basil Smash Cocktail
Gently muddle the basil to release essential oils.
Add Gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Muddle briefly to combine.
Add ice and shake to chill and dilute.
Double strain over ice into a Old Fashioned or rocks glass.
Garnish with basil leaves and serve with straws.