The Basil Smash Cocktail is an unusual drink as it features the Basil herb as one of the main components, so we guess it basically makes it one of your five a day. The original Basil Smash Cocktail was created by Jörg Meyer of the Le Lion Bar de Paris (Hamburg) in 2008. It won the “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.

Note: this recipe includes Sugar Syrup. You can check out our simple How To Make Sugar Syrup recipe to make it from scratch.

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While you have the basil out, why not try out our Summer Strawberry Basil Smash Recipe?

Basil Smash Cocktail Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 shots (40ml) x Gin (We used Hendrick’s Gin)
  • 1 shot (25ml) x Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 shot (10ml) x Sugar Syrup
  • 15 x Basil Leaves + Some for Garnish
  • Lemonade to top up

Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe

Only five steps to make the perfect Basil Smash Cocktail!

  1. To Make the Basil Smash, gently muddle the basil leaves and the lemon juice in a shaker.
  2. Add the simple syrup and Gin and top up with ice.
  3. Give the shaker a good shake forcefully for a few minutes.
  4. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice and top up with lemonade, Garnish with basil leaves.
  5. Then Sip & Enjoy!


This cocktail will need the following equipment.

  • Glass
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger
  • Muddler

Cocktail Units & Pricing

We’ve based these volumes, units and pricing off our alcohol database. Our prices are based off open Open Exchange Rates from the GBP total.

Gin1 & 1/2 x shots (40ml)1.50£0.68
Lemon Juice1 shot (25ml)0.00£0.02
Sugar Syrup 1/2 x shot (10ml) 0.00£0.15
Basil LeavesAround 18 Leaves0.00£0.05
LemonadeTo Top Up0.00£0.01
180ml1.50£0.91 | $1.17* | €1.08*

*Based off open Open Exchange Rates from GBP total.

Recipe originally posted 16th April 2020.

Recipe latest updated 2nd May 2024.