Basil Gin Smash

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"This has got to be my favorite cocktail on earth! It's been around for awhile, but got "reinvented" in 2008 by Joerg Meyer of Le'Lion and it's popularity took off. Unfortunately, we don't often get the opportunity to buy fresh lemons here in Costa Rica, but when I do - it's Smash Time!!! (Please don't try to make this with the bottled lemon "stuff". Just not the same and should carry criminal sanctions...) LOL! Buen provecho..."

Original recipe yields 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (98.5 g)
  • Calories 167.3
  • Total Fat - 5.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 208.3 mg
  • Sodium - 140.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.1 g
  • Sugars - 14.5 g
  • Protein - 7.7 g
  • Calcium - 40.7 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 11.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Squeeze half a lemon, measure juice to 3/4 oz and set aside. Cut the squeezed-out rind into four pieces and place them in a cocktail shaker.

Step 2

Add the simple syrup and torn basil leaves to the cocktail shaker and muddle until the basil is well smashed and is giving off its wonderful aroma, releasing the oils.

Step 3

Add the lemon juice and gin to the shaker, along with some ice cubes. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until you can no longer comfortably hold the frosty shaker.

Step 4

Double strain the cocktail, then pour into an ice filled glass. Garnish with a whole basil leaf if you wish. Buen provecho!

Tips & Variations

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Muddler (Oxo Good Grips is the best!)


Peggy Bright

A delightful change from gin and tonic. The basil adds a lovely dimension. This drink was a great reason to dig out the cocktail shaker I haven't used for 10 years. Thanks for posting.

review by:
(11 Jul 2020)


Oh my this looks good!

review by:
(20 Oct 2013)