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Gin Basil Smash aka Gin Pesto


This is a very simple and refreshing cocktail recipe.

Make sure you use enough basil. It might sound like a lot, but it’s not.

If you are too bothered to remove the leaves from the stems, just throw the entire thing in.


Gin Basil Smash aka Gin Pesto

A very quick and refreshing cocktail. Tangy gin flavour, notes of basil and acidity from the lemon, balanced out by the sugar syrup.
Gin Basil Smash aka Gin Pesto
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 15 basil leaves
  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 20 ml sugar syrup


  • Put the basil leaves in a shaker or glass jar with a lid.
  • Muddle the basil using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Don't use too
  • Add the remaining ingredients and a scoop of ice.
  • Shake for 15 seconds.
  • Pour into a double old fashioned glass filled with ice and using a fine strain.
  • TIP: Use a big ice block, as its dilution is slower and your drink won't water down as fast.
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