Smashingly Good Cocktail

It’s been a while since my last post, and as you can see I’ve jumped ship at Blogger and have finally splurged on an official URL and opted for a more minimal, contemporary theme.  In addition to the new look, it’s also a new month which means putting on the thinking cap for this month’s Mixology Monday theme.  Mark Holmes, the progenitor of the wonderful cocktail blog, Cardiff Cocktails, is the anointed host of May, and his theme builds upon last month’s vegetable medley and challenges us to raid your local grocer or backyard garden for your favorite herb(s) and brew up some tasty potions for his Witches’ Garden theme.  Here is a quick excerpt from Mark himself on his thoughts:

“As far back as we can look, the use of fresh herbs have been prevalent in the world of mixed drinks. From the early days of the julep, through Williams Terrington’s 19th century Cooling Cups and Dainty Drinks, to Don the Beachcomber’s ahead of their time Tiki drinks, fresh herbs have always been at the forefront of mixology. So lets take influence from the bartenders that once ruled the world of mixology, raid your herb garden that too often gets neglected, and start mixing. I don’t want to put too many limits on this theme so get as creative as you please, want to use roots, spices or beans as well? Sure thing. Want to make your own herbal infusions or tinctures? Sounds wonderful.”

Lucky for me this month’s theme will actually be a quick brainstorm as I already had a recipe completed for my specialty menu which coincidentally used some fresh basil and a wonderfully flavorful green tea syrup.  I crafted my recipe after a classic smash style cocktail which usually involves mint, and reached for some fresh basil instead.  Using gin as my base spirit, I wanted to do a Asian inspired smash with a blend of spice, fresh herb and complex green tea flavors.  Perfect for a warm summer day, which we have amazingly been getting quite a bit as of late here in the Pacific Northwest.

Green Tea & Basil Smash

1 1/2  oz Gin

1/2 oz Ginger Liqueur

1 oz Green Tea Syrup

1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 dash Lavender Bitters

2 slices of Cucumber

3 or 4 Fresh Basil Leaves

Tear the basil and muddle with cucumber in a mixing glass.  Add remaining ingredients into the mixing tin with ice.  Shake hard and fine strain into an iced double rocks glass.  Garnish with fresh basil and enjoy.

Green Tea & Basil Smash

Color:  Bright yellow with a faint green tint

Flavor:  Botanical gin with bright basil, ginger, citrus, tea and cucumber

Texture:  Silky, smooth and easy drinking

Green Tea Syrup

1 Cup Water

1 Cup Sugar

1 Tbs Loose Leaf Green Tea

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to steep and cool for 1 hour.  Fine strain, bottle and refrigerate.


Thanks to Mr. Holmes hosting this month and be sure to head over to Cardiff Cocktails and MxMo and check out all the herbal libations!  Cheers!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. welcome to the dark side. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. sjdiaz21 says:

      Thanks, apparently I’m a bit rusty now after only a month of not blogging as I left out the lavender bitters and the green tea syrup recipe….

  2. Haha. Welcome to WordPress Scott. The site is looking good. This drink looks delicious! Then again how could you go wrong with that green tea syrup.

    1. Scott says:

      Thanks Nick. I liked the minimalist aspect of this theme as I’m not very savvy with HTML or CSS so I didn’t have to worry about making it too jumbled or loud like my last theme with Blogger. Compared to yours, it makes me envious ha. Keep up the great work, your blurb is one of my new favorites. You have a great respect and approach to crafting. Cheers!

      1. Scott, your site looks great, uncluttered and just your pics and words to fill our minds with alcohol laced greatness.

        On that note, thank you for the kind words, but to be honest I have no idea how to truly code. The little things I’ve added to the site with HTML and CSS have been through an unseen, yet painfully “rewarding” process of trial and error. Your site is definitely one of my favorites. All the best!

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