Gin Basil Smash / Gin Pesto

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Serve in

an Old-fashioned glass...
12 fresh Basil leaves
2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
¾ fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
fl oz Giffard Sugar Cane Syrup
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How to make:

Gently muddle basil in base of SHAKER with Gin (and ideally leave to stand for 10 minutes). ADD other ingredients, SHAKE with ice and fine strain into ice-filled glass.


3 basil sprigs


Jörg, the creator of this cocktail, says, "Better too much, than not enough basil in this drink". He also specifies that the basil is muddled rather than just broken by the action of shaking as this produces a greener drink.

He also says, "keep in mind:
5 cl Gin is not enough.
6 cl Gin is the recipe
7 cl Gin is LOVE."


Created in the summer of 2008 by Jörg Meyer at Le Lion • Bar de Paris, Hamburg, Germany and originally named Gin Pesto. Jörg blogged about his new creation on the 10th of July 2008 and from that point it started to quickly grow in popularity to become internationally known, also becoming better known as the Gin Basil Smash.


There are approximately 166 calories in one serving of Gin Basil Smash / Gin Pesto.

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