Gin Basil Smash

At your next garden party, introduce your guests to the sweet combination of gin and fresh herbs. This recipe calls for basil, but you can substitute with tarragon, thyme, cilantro, or kefir lime leaves. We recommend having an assortment and allowing your guests to choose, as you explore the new flavours gin and nature combined have to offer!

Makes: 1 serving || Takes: 20 Minutes



1 cup Demerara sugar

1 cup water


2 ounces gin

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

2/3 ounce simple syrup

Small bunch basil leaves (about 10)

Basil sprig, for garnish


Simple Syrup

Heat sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil.

Stir until sugar dissolves (about 3 to 5 minutes), then  remove from heat. Cool.

Transfer the syrup to a clean bottle or jar. Cover and refrigerate.

*Note: this can be made in advance and stored in the fridge.


Muddle basil leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup.

Add ice and gin, shake.

Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice.

Garnish with a basil sprig.