I’m a gin lover, and what gin lover doesn’t love a Basil Gin Smash? It’s all the things that a great sour-style gin cocktail is made of: junipery gin, crisp citrus, and garden-fresh herbs.
If you enjoy a Basil Gin Smash, but aren’t currently imbibing, give this Basil Smash mocktail a try. I vigorously muddled twelve whole basil leaves with green grapes and freshly squeezed lime juice for a very refreshing, herbal sip that’s anything but a boring mocktail. You can strain and enjoy this mocktail as is, or top with a few ounces of sparkling water for a bubbly refresher. I like to add sparkling water and sip this from one of my oversized ’80s martini glasses.
Basil Lime Smash Mocktail
- 12 Basil leaves
- 5 Green grapes
- 1 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 oz Simple syrup
- Sparkling water
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle basil leaves and lime juice vigorously. Add grapes and muddle thoroughly.
- Add simple syrup and fill shaker 3/4 with ice. Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds.
- Fine strain into a cocktail glass and top with an ounce or two of sparkling water. Garnish with basil an edible flowers, if desired.