Raspberry Gin Basil Smash is a cocktail that has a strong raspberry flavor with gin being the supporting actor. It is a refreshing summer cocktail that has been around since at least the early 2000s. The drink is named after the basil smash which is a classic cocktail made by muddling fresh basil and sugar together with gin and lime.
This variant of the traditional smash uses raspberry vodka and lemon juice in place of gin for a sweet, sour, and fruity result. The basil gives it an herbal touch, while the simple syrup lends some sweetness. This drink is best served in a mason jar or any kind of glass mug to get that rustic look.
4 fresh raspberries
8 basil leaves
1 ounce simple syrup
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces London dry gin
Lime wedge for garnish
1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the raspberries, basil leaves, and simple syrup.
2. Add the lemon juice, gin, and ice.
3. Shake to chill.
4. Pour (don't strain) into a lowball glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.