With relatively straight forward ingredients this drink is simple to whip up and sure to please. While we aim to keep the sugar content in our cocktails as low as possible we found that this one really benefited from some additional sweetness. If you want to make simple syrup of your own but don’t know how, check out this link. It’s really easy to do, but is by no means necessary for this drink. Simple syrup is used in a huge, huge, huge, number of cocktails, it’s one of those simple ingredients that is nice to have around. Feel free to use a cleaner sugar such as coconut sugar or maple syrup, but I have to warn that (maple especially) they will drastically alter the flavor of the drink. Not always a bad thing, but I want you to be prepared. If you don’t want to make simple syrup then you can use whole sugar and shake it into the Shrubbie.
Basil Gin Smash
Ready in 3 minutes
Serves 1 drink
Muddling is how you help express the flavors and oils from the herbs. You don’t want to crush basil into a brown paste, just bruise leaves slightly.
Double straining helps ease the pour of Shrubbie into glass by holding back the ice before the fine mesh strainer. You don’t need to double it but it does make pouring faster and more convenient.
Simple syrup will blend with the drink better, but you can get away with shaking white or brown sugar into the cocktail. Not all of it will dissolve immediately so Shrubbie will get sweeter as you drink!
Play with the ratios of lemon juice and sugar until you get your preferred Shrubbie, we always lean towards the lower sugar content options.
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