GIN BASIL SMASH

by | Jul 27, 2021 | Cocktail Making, Queen Cleo

GIN BASIL SMASH

If you’re wondering what to do with your leftover basil plant after you’ve made your weekly spag bol, look no further than a gin basil smash!

The gin basil smash is a no-fuss, super simple, yet utterly delicious cocktail that you can make in minutes. Its a gorgeously fragrant modern classic that uses the peppery flavours of the basil to perfectly complement our Queen Cleo London Dry botanicals.

INGREDIENTS

  • Queen Cleo London Dry 50ml
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • Bunch basil leaves

METHOD

  1. Add the basil and lemon juice to a shaker and really muddle (smash!)
  2. Add the sugar syrup and ice to the shaker, shake and strain into ice filled rocks glass and garnish with basil leaf.
  3. If you prefer, you can double strain for no basil-bits with a fine cocktail strainer.

Don’t fancy making your own cocktails? Did you know The Little Gin & Rum Company can come to you? Whether you’re looking for a small private garden party bar, or something larger for a corporate event, get in touch – we have flexible packages to suit every budget.

What better way to celebrate Pride month than with a deliciously boozy rainbow cocktail! 

Wolverhampton Pride loved this cocktail.  Lots of you asked us to share the recipe…..so here it is. 

TASTE THE RAINBOW

The trick to this cocktail is getting the layers which takes a little bit of technique but mainly patience.

you’ll need

  • Ice
  • A tumbler 
  • A metal spoon
  • A small jug

INGREDIEntS

  • 25ml white rum (we used Morvenna)
  • 25ml blue curacao (we used De Kuyper)
  • 100ml pineapple juice
  • 25ml Grenadine (we used Monin)

STEP 1

Add 25ml of grenadine to an empty tumbler.  Make sure that you don’t get any on the sides of the glass as you pour it in. 

STEP 2

Add ice to the tumbler.  This works best if you use a few cubes that will stack on each other which helps the different ingredients to stay separate. 

STEP 3

Slowly pour 100ml of pineapple juice over the ice.  Pouring it slowly will help to keep it separate from the grenadine so only a small amount mixes giving you an orange colour. 

STEP 4 

Mix 25ml white rum and 25ml of blue curacao in a small jug. 

STEP 5

Take your metal spoon and very slowly pour the rum and curacao mix over the back of the spoon and into the glass.  The trick is to make sure that the edge of the spoon touches the edge of the glass and to keep the spoon at an angle so that it the mix pours over the back of the bowl of the spoon.  If you pour it slowly only a small amount will mix with the pineapple to give you a green colour. 

STEP 6

Decorate!  This doesn’t add to the flavour but does add to the fun and who doesn’t love a paper parasol? 

STEP 7

CELEBRATE!

You can find our other cocktail recipes here.

HERE’S OUR STORY

After 4 years of being together we never thought that we would one day be in business together. Who knew where a simple text message could lead….

It all started with a conversation with Nicola at one of The Little Gin and Rum Company’s events in Leeds. Amy sent a message to Ian saying “Do you fancy buying a gin and rum company?” and the wheels were set in motion.

OUR BACKGROUND

IAN:

“As a sales professional travelling the UK and the world, I have made travelling and alcohol my thing.  With over 20 years experience supplying the hospitality industry with software and e-learning, I can’t wait to start sharing Queen Cleo Spirits with the industry I love.  You’ll usually find me with my favourite Queen Cleo Rum with ginger ale.”

AMY:

“Where Ian loves sales, I love marketing and as a digital marketing trainer and professional public speaker, I always have a lot to say.  When Nicola and Emma started virtual events in lockdown, I jumped at the opportunity to talk about gin and rum and nearly 200 events later, I still love it.  Old Tom is my favourite tipple and I’ll even drink it neat with just a cube of ice and a squeeze of lime.”

THE FUTURE

Nicola and Emma have created a gin and rum legacy and we are honoured to take it into the future.   

We can’t wait to share our plans with you and we promise to make Queen Cleo proud. 

You know our favourite Queen Cleo drinks and we’d love to know yours.  Share them with us on Instagram #littleginandrumco.