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11 April 2023

The Basil Smash: a modern cocktail with historical roots

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The Basil Smash: a modern cocktail with historical roots

A Fresh Take on a Timeless Classic

The Basil Smash is a cocktail that made its debut in the 2000s, but its origins go back to the smash cocktail period of the 19th century. Back then, smash cocktails were made by mixing sugar, citrus peel and mint in a mixing glass, before being poured into a glass filled with fruit. There were several variations, such as the Whiskey Smash, Brandy Smash and Gin Smash.


The Basil Smash is a modern version of the gin sour, with the addition of basil. The cocktail was created in 2008 by bartender Urish Meyer in a German bar. Since its creation, the Basil Smash has become popular in bars around the world because of its unique, fresh taste, blending the aroma of basil with the sweetness of sugar and the tartness of gin.


The Basil Smash is a modern cocktail that combines modern ingredients with a historical tradition of smash cocktails. With its unique and fresh taste, it is an interesting addition to the list of cocktails to be discovered by alcohol lovers.