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An even cooler twist on the classic Basil Smash, this easy 5-ingredient cocktail is fresh, herbal, and summery. Plus, it has cucumber in it, so it's basically a vegetable, right?


Prep time: 20 minutes

Makes 1 cocktail


2 cucumber slices, plus 1 for garnish

10-12 basil leaves, plus a few for garnish

3/4 oz simple syrup

2 oz gin

1 oz fresh lemon juice


1.) To make your simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water on the stove (1/2 a cup of each will be more than enough for this recipe) and heat on medium, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. 

2.) Tear 10-12 basil leaves in half and add them to the bottom of your shaker along with 2 cucumber slices and simple syrup. Using a muddler (or anything else you find that will work) press ingredients in quarter turns until basil is bruised and very fragrant and cucumber is somewhat mashed. 

3.) Add gin and lemon juice and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until the shaker feels really cold. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass and garnish with remaining basil and cucumber. Be cool and enjoy. 

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