Gin Basil Smash Berlin Style
So far I have not been too deep into cocktail territory. But after having bought the 12 bottle bar book I must admit that I am very curious and eager to get the cocktail craft a bit more into my gin blogging routine.
Since the bush of basil in our kitchen has been growing and growing and growing I thought it would be a responsible thing to do to get a clear view again and use some of those window blocking leaves into a tasty cocktail.
Meet the Gin Basil smash
We are talking about a fairly simple, yet outstandingly delicious cocktail. Invented at the Bar Le Lion in Hamburg run by Mr. Jörg Meyer it is a honour to have something from my neck of the woods on the blog as the first cocktail. What do we need?
- 5 cl Gin
- 2.5 cl lemon juice
- 1.5 cl simple syrup
- a bunch of basil sprigs
- a boston shaker
- a rock glass
Now as promised this one is fairly straight forward. First muddle the basil leaves with the lemon juice in your shaker. More basil does not hurt, you need your vegetables, don't you?!
Add the gin and the syrup after that and fill the shaker with ice. Now start shaking for 20 seconds. You really want to get the chlorophyll to come out of the leaves and into your drink. Heavy shaking = hulk-style green.
Before you get yourself hurt it is time to double strain the drink into a rock glass to filter out bits of leaves. However it is a nice decoration and wonderful for the nose to add a sprig of basil leaves as decoration.
Ice could be added if you are afraid of being slow in drinking and getting the drink warm. But probably it is too delicious to let that happen.
I used the Berliner Brandstifter Gin for this smash which worked quite well with it's hints of woodruff. But other gins will work as well of course. Have fun trying this one yourself.
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