Gin Basil Smash/Gin Pesto

Gin Basil Smash/Gin Pesto image

Serve in

Old-fashioned glass...
12 fresh Basil leaves
2 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
¾ fl oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
fl oz Sugar syrup (2 sugar to 1 water)
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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 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.


Adapted from a drink created in July 2008 by Jörg Meyer at Bar Le Lion, Hamburg, Germany. Jörg originally blogged that his new creation was called a Gin Pesto but it quickly became better known as the Gin Basil Smash.

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