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Gin Basil Smash

This Gin Basil Smash is a super light, refreshing, and herbaceous cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a nice day. Mix gin, lime juice, Cointreau, and simple syrup – along with some fresh basil leaves – and this drink will be blooming with flavor! This gin basil cocktail will make you feel like you’re sitting on a hotel patio in the sunshine! 

a glass of gin basil smash with lime and basil as garnish

Why You’ll Love This Gin Basil Smash Cocktail

Do you have a basil plant? If not, you’re going to want to get some ASAP. You could buy some fresh basil from the grocery store, of course, but you’re going to want to drink this gin basil smash all summer – you might as well invest in a plant! 

The flavors in this delicious cocktail are bright, sweet, herbal, and a little citrusy. It’s such an easy one to make, and you can control how strong the basil flavor is by the amount of tearing or muddling you do to the leaves. 

If you want a stronger flavor, just use a few more leaves and muddle them up nice and good. If you want your basil cocktail to be a little lighter on flavor, use fewer basil leaves and just tear them up to activate the leaf’s oils.

What’s the History of The Gin Basil Smash?

This herb-heavy cocktail was the brainchild of Jörg Meyer of Hamburg, Germany in 2008. The popularity of the beverage spread like wildfire and it wound up getting recognized in the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards that same year.

The gin smash was created as a spin-off of the whiskey smash which consists of whiskey, lemon, mint, and sugar. 

Gin Basil Cocktail Ingredients

gin, basil leaves, Cointreau, lime, and simple syrup on a white marble countertop

The backbone of a gin basil smash is the gin, basil, and citrus (whether it’s lemon or lime). In this recipe, I use lime because I think it compliments the basil flavor better. I also added a smidge of Cointreau for an additional dash of citrus. It brightens the cocktail and makes it the perfect drink for a sunny day! 

  • Lime – juiced
  • Basil – torn
  • Gin
  • Cointreau 
  • Simple Syrup

How to Make a Good Gin Basil Smash 

juicing the lime and measuring out the gin

Step 1: Combine + Shake

Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and add the lime juice, basil leaves, gin, Cointreau, and simple syrup. Shake the ingredients together for 15-20 seconds, until the container is very cold. 

adding basil leaves and shaking the drink in a golden cocktail shaker

Step 2: Strain

Strain the drink into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf. Enjoy!

adding ice to a glass and then straining the drink into it

FAQs

What is gin basil made of?

Gin basil is simply gin infused with the flavors of basil. However, gin basil is not the same thing as a gin basil smash. A smash is a cocktail that includes gin, basil, and lime. 

What’s the best gin for a gin basil smash?

You can use any kind of gin to make a basil smash, but I recommend picking a mid-priced gin so that it’s good sipping quality. I would also be mindful of flavored gin because you don’t want anything to compete with the flavor of the basil.

a gin basil cocktail in a glass held by Elizabeth with basil leaves and a slice of lime in it

Serving Suggestions

This is the perfect cocktail for entertaining – especially on a bright and sunny day! Here are some ideas for what dishes you can serve your guests alongside their herbaceous beverage. 

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a glass of gin basil smash with lime and basil as garnish

Gin Basil Smash

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 59 minute
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker

Description

This Gin Basil Smash is a super light, refreshing, and herbaceous cocktail that’s perfect for sipping on a nice day. Mix gin, lime juice, Cointreau, and simple syrup – along with some fresh basil leaves – and this drink will be blooming with flavor! This gin basil cocktail will make you feel like you’re sitting on a hotel patio in the sunshine! 


Ingredients

Scale

1 lime, juiced

4 fresh basil leaves, torn

2 oz gin

1 oz Cointreau

1 tsp simple syrup


Instructions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lime juice, basil leaves, gin, cointreau and simple syrup. Shake together for 15-20 seconds or until the container is very cold. 
  2. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh basil leaf.

Notes

For a stronger basil flavor, muddle your leaves instead of tearing them. You can also use additional leaves per drink to make it stronger. 

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