50ml Papaka Road gin
1 bunch basil leaves
25ml fresh lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
Place basil and lemon into a cocktail shaker. Gently muddle the lemon and basil ‘smashing the ingredients. Add sugar syrup and gin and top with ice. Shake vigorously. Double strain. Garnish with basil.
The Basil Smash was conceived by Jörg Meyer Hamburg 2008. The drink quickly became a phenomenon , even winning ‘Best New Cocktail’ at Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.