Strawberry & Basil Gin Smash

The sun came out at the weekend and while summer is a way off, I was in the mood for something refreshing and fruity to drink. I came across the Strawberry & Basil Gin Smash.

Herbs work well in cocktails and basil works particularly well with strawberries. (Check out this recipe for a strawberry and basil dessert). There are several different versions of this cocktail out there (including one from Jamie Oliver) but I had a play around and adjusted the quantities to suit my taste (not too sweet).

Ingredients for the Strawberry & Basil Gin Smash

50ml gin

3 fresh strawberries plus one for garnish

15ml simple syrup

2 lemon wedges

2 fresh basil leaves plus one or two for garnish

Strawberry-Basil-Gin-Smash ingredients

Method for the Strawberry & Basil Gin Smash

Add the simple syrup, strawberries, lemon wedges and basil to an empty cocktail shaker. Muddle together. If you don’t have a muddler the bottom of a wooden spoon works well. Add gin and ice then shake together until the outside of the shaker is nice and chilled.

Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with strawberry and basil leaves.

This recipe is for one cocktail, but could be made in larger quantities for a party or BBQ!

Strawberry Basil Gin Smash

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