It’s a Smash!
Gin Basil Smash cocktail with fresh basil. )
I always feel bad when I'm forced to buy fresh herbs. Sure, I grow them in the summer and some herbs are even grown in my kitchen all year long. But from time to time, I find myself running to the store because I don't have enough basil or the cilantro has yet to germinate. If you've picked up basil at your favorite market to make crab bruschetta, don't worry about leaving it to go to waste. Add it to this twist on a classic gin cocktail. It's a smash hit.
Gin Basil Smash
2 oz. gin
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
2-3 sprigs of fresh basil
Muddle the basil in a shaker and add the remaining ingredients. Add ice and shake to chill. Fine strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish with a sprig of basil.