The Basil Smash is not only a vibrant libation, but one that tastes just as good as it looks. As the Queen Bee, I make sure I’m on top of all holidays and celebrations so you have just the right drink for every occasion. As St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner, I began thinking of what sort of cocktails I can bring your way to sip during such a fun holiday.
A classic cocktail never disappoints, and the Basil Smash is the perfect recipe for celebrating St. Patty’s day! Not just due to its green hue, but it’s also a quick, easy cocktail to mix up, so let’s get into it.
The Basil Smash mixture has a bright and herbaceous flavor profile with a balance of sweet, sour, and bitter notes. The fresh basil leaves provide a dominant herbal flavor that is complemented by the tangy citrus notes from the lemon juice. In fact, what brings out the lovely green of this cocktail is the muddled fresh basil. That’s right, no food coloring or artificial flavorings to make this gorgeous drink, just the simplicity and beauty of basil!
The base spirit here is one of my favorites: gin. And in my opinion, no other spirit can replace it in this specific cocktail recipe due to how flawlessly it enhances the existing flavor notes. The botanicals in gin give the spirit its distinct flavor and aroma, which adds depth and complexity to the cocktail. In the Basil Smash, gin not only adds its signature botanical notes but also provides a slightly bitter undertone that results in a well-rounded libation.
With the combination of these simple ingredients, it makes for an eye-catching and refreshing sipper.
Step 1: Muddle fresh basil within the cocktail shaker.
Step 2: Add all ingredients into the shaker topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
Step 3: Strain the cocktail mixture into a glass over fresh ice and garnish with more basil.
In just minutes, you’ll have yourself a bright green, aromatic cocktail. One that effortlessly balances out the tangy citrus and sweet syrup with the botanical notes of gin and fresh, herbaceous basil. So, while planning whatever fun festivities you have in mind for St. Patrick’s Day, be sure to add the Basil Smash to your list!