Basil Smash

Basil Smash is a refreshing cocktail that combines fresh basil leaves with citrus and gin. This modern classic is popular for its blend of notes of basil and fresh and tangy lemon juice. Crushing the basil leaves releases aromas and flavors that go perfectly with the gin's botanical ingredients. When making a basil smash, it's important to use fresh, high-quality basil leaves. Since gin also affects the personality of cocktails, it is important to choose the one that suits your taste. The addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar syrup creates the right balance between acidity and sweetness.

Basil Smash recipe

When preparing your Basil Smash, there are a few important things to consider for the perfect taste and experience. Firstly, it is important to use fresh basil as it gives the best and freshest taste. Always use freshly squeezed lemon juice to achieve the right balance between spiciness and acidity in your cocktail. When shaking the cocktail, shake vigorously for approx. 10-15 seconds to effectively mix the ingredients. The drink must be sieved before it is poured into the glass to remove unwanted remains of basil leaves, which may appear after you have shaken the drink.


  • 5cl gin
  • 3cl freshly pressed lemonjuice
  • 2cl sugar syrup
  • A handful of fresh basil

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Basil Smash without gin

If you don't have gin on hand, you can still make a delicious Basil Smash by replacing the gin with another alcohol base. Vodka is an obvious alternative and for a slightly more experimental drink, we recommend tequila. Remember to adjust the amount of lemon juice and sugar syrup in the recipe to achieve the desired balance between acidity and sweetness. No matter what alcohol you use, the most important thing is to keep the basil fresh in your Basil Smash to create a delicious and refreshing cocktail.


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