1 oz Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Handful Basil Leaves
Muddle the basil in a shaker, add the rest of the ingredients, shake with ice, and double strain into a Double Old Fashioned glass. Fill with ice and garnish with a basil sprig.
Two Mondays ago, I was in the midst of reading Robert Simonson's A Proper Drink when I spotted the Gin Basil Smash. The drink was created by Jörg Meyer in 2008 at Le Lion at Hamburg, Germany, and it garnered the Best New Cocktail award at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. I have had a few drinks with basil including the Silent Order and Surbiton Road, so I was game to try this one especially before the first frost wipes out my herb garden.