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The Best Gin Watermelon Basil Smash

Wait, it’s September, which means summer is coming to an end? Even though the summer might be coming to a close, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a great summer cocktail. During the summer I generally have two things around, some watermelon in my frig and some fresh basil that I’m growing on my balcony or somewhere in my apartment. My favorite drink is a Gin Basil Smash, which I was introduced to while I lived in Germany. The Gin Basil smash has of course basil and gin, which when done right, creates a delicious cocktail, where you won’t even know that you are drinking gin. It’s seriously a great introduction to the gin hater. I know, I didn’t like gin years ago after one of those bad gin experiences.

Now how do you turn a signature drink into something more refreshing? Add some amazing watermelon to it. When I decided to make this cocktail, I also decided to add a special touch. To really kick it up a bit and if you are interested in adding it or can find it, add some lychee liqueur. It provides a nice touch and builds onto the flavor of the watermelon quite well. If you want to add it, go ahead, if you don’t, you still will have a great drink. I mean you can’t go wrong with watermelon and basil.

The good thing about a drink like this is even though summer is coming to an end, you can find watermelon for a little while longer, depending on where you are in the world. In America, watermelon is seriously around all the time. For a drink like this, it would be preferable to have a good ripe in season watermelon, but if that’s not in the cards for you, the other ingredients in this drink will definitely make for a great tasty drink.

I hope you enjoy making this, it definitely a very straightforward drink that will get you in a relaxed mood. Cheers!

Gin Watermelon Basil Smash

  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters, optional
  • 6 Basil Leaves
  • 3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 2 ounces Watermelon Puree, see note below
  • 2 ounces Gin
  • 1/4 ounce Kwai Feh Lychee Liqueur, optional
  • Watermelon wedge and/or Sprig of Basil, optional

In a rocks glass add ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker, add the first 4 ingredients and muddle until fragrant. Add gin and watermelon puree. Fill shaker with ice and put the cap on. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, or until the shaker is extremely cold.

Strain cocktail into your prepared rocks glass, pour lychee liqueur on top, if using, and garnish with watermelon wedge, and/or basil if using. Serve immediately.

Note: For watermelon puree, take about 1/2 cup or more of fresh watermelon and blend until smooth. Strain out pulp and use the remaining puree for a cocktail. Any remaining puree can be used for another drink.

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I like to travel. I love to try new things, meet interesting people and most of all learn. I’m Jacob K. Thomas. This site was created with the idea that I wanted to share my time in Germany and beyond. Now I've left Germany. I'm back in America on the West coast in Washington state. This isn’t supposed to be your typical travel page. I love to cook and eat, so along with the trips I've taken and will be taking, I will throw out a few tasty treats along the way, OK so this might be your typical travel page. Come along the way with me, I know you will enjoy everything. I frankly don’t see why you wouldn’t. Enjoy my travels, food, and let me know what you think. Feedback is what makes us all better. Oh, one more thing. I am always interested in hearing from those who come to this site. If you would like to leave me a comment, get information about where I am going, or anything like that, please contact me using the information below.

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