Light and refreshing, this Blueberry Basil Gin Smash has the subtle flavor of fresh basil and lots of cold, sparkling bubbles.
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon simple syrup
5 large leaves of fresh basil
1 jigger (3 tablespoons) gin
about 5 jiggers (about 8 oz) soda water, tonic water, seltzer or club soda
optional garnish: 1 basil sprig, 1 slice of lemon, and/or a few blueberries
Add the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil to a highball or tall glass. Use the back of a spoon or a cocktail muddler to muddle the basil.
Fill the glass with ice. Add gin to the glass. Top with about 8 oz of whichever carbonated water you're using.
Taste, and add more water or simple syrup to your preference.
Garnish. Drink through a straw.
This drink is meant to be sipped outside on a sunny Saturday afternoon with a good book or served with brunch!