Gin Red Basil Smash

Gin Red Basil Smash

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time:
  • Total: 5 min
  • Serving: 1 Serving

What makes a Smash cocktail unique is that you don’t simply juice a lemon in advance but actually use the entire lemon in the cocktail to achieve optimum flavor and aroma.

Recipe originally appeared on, photo by Randy Hanson.


  • 1 bunch of fresh, red basil plus 1 leaf to garnish
  • 1/2 of a lemon, cut into 4 slices
  • 2/3 ounce of simple syrup
  • 3 ounces of gin


  1. Place the basil, lemon and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker and muddle well to get all of the juice out of the lemon slices.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and then add the gin.
  3. Vigorously shake the mixture for 45 seconds to combine, and then strain into an ice-filled glass.
  4. Garnish the drink with the remaining basil leaf and serve immediately.

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