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Mandarin Basil Smash

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Let me introduce you to the Mandarin Basil Smash. This cocktail is a bright burst of flavors that blend effortlessly, bringing a citrusy twist to the table. This isn’t just a drink; it’s an experience that will elevate any occasion with its spirited aroma and invigorating taste. Whether you’re lounging at home or celebrating with friends, the Mandarin Basil Smash brings a touch of elegance and energy to your gathering.

It starts with canned mandarin orange slices and fresh basil leaves, muddled together in a shaker. The mandarins provide a bold, sweet tang, while the basil adds herbal freshness. This combination creates a fragrant base, almost like a garden in spring, with an inviting scent that hints at the drink’s refreshing nature.

Vanilla vodka then joins the mix, infusing the drink with a hint of warmth that perfectly complements the citrus without overshadowing it. Its subtlety adds depth and helps soften the tang of the mandarin and the bright aroma of the basil.

A splash of lemon juice adds refreshing zest, providing a sharp touch that ties everything together. The simple syrup adds gentle sweetness, enhancing the other ingredients without being overpowering. With all these flavors combined, the mixture is shaken with ice to cool it down and blend everything together, then strained into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

With its amber-orange hue reminiscent of a sunset, the Mandarin Basil Smash catches the eye. A fresh basil garnish adds a burst of green, offering both visual appeal and fragrant aroma.

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Step 1: In a cocktail shaker, muddle together several canned mandarin orange slices with fresh basil leaves.

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Step 2: Pour in the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake until chilled.

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Step 3: Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

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Each sip is a burst of flavor—the citrusy mandarin is front and center, followed by the gentle sweetness of the vanilla vodka and simple syrup. The lemon juice adds a refreshing tang, while the basil provides a subtle herbaceous note that lingers pleasantly on the palate. Together, these ingredients create a cocktail that’s light and smooth, perfect for sipping on a sunny afternoon or at a casual gathering with friends.

Mandarin Basil Smash

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – In a cocktail shaker, muddle together several canned mandarin orange slices with fresh basil leaves.
  2. Step 2 – Pour in the vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Strain the mixture into a rocks glass over fresh ice.

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