Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

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Nowadays when I travel I check in advance what the local cocktail is! Because in addition to local food, there is also plenty to drink locally. So I turned to the web to find out if Hamburg has a classic to its name. And behold the gin basil smash cocktail! A green monster of a potion...the hulk is nothing. The inventor of the drink himself states: 50 ml of gin per glass is not enough, 60 ml is the recipe and 70 ml is for the die-hards!! He, Jörg Meyer first shook this drink into the world in the summer of 2008 as “gin pesto” but became known as gin basil smash. And a smash, well with so much alcohol, that's what he gives…. a good one for the real gin-lovers.

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

The creator of the refreshing drink Jörg indicates that it is important to use enough basil in this gin basil smash cocktail. He recommends crushing the leaves thoroughly with a muddler before shaking them together with the ice.

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Therefore, make sure that you have all the necessary cocktail accessories, such as a shaker, muddler, strainer and glasses, at hand. Don't forget to add some extra basil leaves for a tasty decoration!

You could also serve this cocktail as a virgin if the alcohol percentage is a bit off to you. Alternatively, you can simply buy alcohol-free gin and the preparation remains the same. This means you can still enjoy the same taste and aromas, but without the added alcohol.

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Here you will find the complete recipe with all the ingredients you need. I hope you have fun preparing the dish below.

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

A green rascal, known as the pesto gin, and later as the Gin Basil Smash!

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Hallway: cocktail
Kitchen: Duitse
Keyword: basil, lemon juice, gin
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people
calories: 122kcal
Author: Francine
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You need:

whiskey glasses


  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 120 ml gin
  • 50 ml lemon juice
  • 50 ml sugar syrup
  • 2 basil sprigs - for decoration
  • ice cubes

Nice and easy: click on the logo of your favorite supermarket to add the ingredients.

And this is how you make it:

  • Put the basil leaves in your shaker and mash them completely with your muddler.
  • Add some ice, then the gin, lemon juice, and syrup and shake vigorously for a minute.
  • Take the glasses and fill them with ice. Pour the cocktail through a strainer into both glasses and add the sprig of fresh basil.
  • Cheers!
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Cocktails are so much fun and especially delicious to make! We're shaking things up, here are a few more fun ideas:

This passion fruit triple sec sour, made up by myself.

Or how about this Amaretto brûlée mandarin cocktail, also an original of mine.

The neighbors of the Germans, the Poles have this topper: the Polish szarlotka vodka cocktail.

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