Gin Basel Smash


  1. For the simple syrup:
    • 1 cup Demerara sugar
    • 1 cup water
  2. For the cocktail:
    • 2 ounces gin (such as Beefeater)
    • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
    • 2/3 ounce simple syrup
    • Small bunch basil leaves (about 10)
    • Basil sprig, for garnish


  1. Make the simple syrup:
    1. Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not boil. Stir until sugar dissolves, about 3 to 5 minutes, then remove the pan from the stove. Cool. Transfer the syrup to a clean bottle or jar. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Make the cocktail:
    1. Muddle basil leaves with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add ice and gin and shake. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail glass with ice. Garnish with a basil sprig.