Gin Red Basil Smash One bunch of fresh, red basil, save one leaf for garnish 1/2 of a lemon 2/3 ounce of simple syrup (sweeten to taste) 3 ounces of gin Stuff a bunch of basil into a shaker followed by a half of a lemon cut into four pieces. Add the simple syrup and muddle the lemon and the basil, smashing the ingredients and squeezing all of the juice from the the lemon. Taste the mixture off the back of your hand to ensure the proper balance of sweet to sour and adjust as necessary.

 Add the gin and lots of ice. Shake vigorously until very cold. Double-strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, squeezing every bit of liquid through a fine mesh strainer with bar spoon.

 Give the glass a stir and add more ice if necessary. Garnish with a basil leaf