Sponsored: Gin Basil Smash - Created by Joerg Meyer

A new category of gin has spawned a new generation of gin cocktails. One of Charlotte’s favorites, and surely a new classic cocktail, is the Gin Basil Smash created by Joerg Meyer in 2008 at Le Lion Bar in Hamburg, Germany. A true celebration of basil and the botanicals in gin, this cocktail is perfect for any time of year but best suited for a warm, sunny day.


8 to 10 leaves fresh basil

3/4 part simple syrup

3/4 part fresh lime juice

2 parts Hendrick’s Gin


Muddle the basil with the simple syrup.

Shake with ice.

Fill rocks glass with crushed ice.

Strain cocktail over ice.

Garnish with basil leaves and cucumber slice.


Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 17 Mar 2015
12:18 pm

Definitely one of the new classics! And one in which a few little flecks of green are part of the look; as you show, no double-straining here. mmm, cheers!

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