Blueberry Basil Gin Smash Cocktail

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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

  • ice

  • optional garnish: 1 basil sprig, 1 slice of lemon, and/or a few blueberries


  1. 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.

  2. Fill the glass with ice. Add gin to the glass. Top with about 8 oz of whichever carbonated water you're using.

  3. Taste, and add more water or simple syrup to your preference.

  4. 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!