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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: 45 minute
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker


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! 



1 lime, juiced

4 fresh basil leaves, torn

2 oz gin

1 oz Cointreau

1 tsp simple syrup


  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.


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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