Garnish the glass with fresh basil leaves. The cocktail is ready to be served.
Gin Basil Smash has a rather recent history. In 2008 Jorg Meyer bartender of Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg, created this cocktail initially calling it 'Gin Pesto'.
The inspiration for a herbal cocktail seems to have come a year earlier, during a trip to New York where Meyer tasted a cocktail with mint, then flipped through a French gin recipe book, where he saw a decoration with basil, and the rest is history.
This cocktail is a superhero drink, which saves you from the heat of summer. It achieved great success very quickly, enough to deserve the Best New Cocktail award at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award 2008.