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Summersalt Happy Hour 2.0

Blackberry-Basil Smash

The best things of summer come together in this herbaceous, gin cocktail made with blackberries, basil and fresh lemon juice.

  • This drink
  • is summer
  • in a glass

Lauren Grant crafts the perfect blackberry + basil + gin cocktail that will keep you cool all summer long.


This cocktail is super easy to whip up and requires just a few ingredients, many of which you probably already have on hand. I’ve been enjoying this Gin Smash on our back patio next to my not-so-successful pot of herbs. This drink is summer in a glass and I plan on cooling down with it all season long.

 - 4 blackberries

 - 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

 - 6–8 large basil leaves

 - 2 ounces gin

 - 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

 - Ice

 - Chilled club soda

 - Blackberries and basil leaves for garnish

Step 1.0

Muddle the blackberries and sugar in a cocktail shaker, then add your basil and lightly muddle until it becomes fragrant.

Step 2.0

Next, add the gin and lemon juice. Then fill the shaker with ice, secure the lid, and shake vigorously until it is thoroughly chilled, or ice begins to form on the sides.

Step 3.0

Finally, strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice and top it all off with some chilled club soda. For a little extra flare, garnish with blackberries and basil leaves.

Don’t forget to check out last week’s recipe!

The Rhu-Berry Splash

Meet Lauren Grant

Lauren is the vegetable-and-cheese-obsessed lady behind Zestful Kitchen. She is a trained Culinary Scientist and Journalist, self-taught photographer, aspiring patient human being, and Des Moines dweller that thinks whisks are the most gorgeous thing in the world. She loves to cook wholesome food, and all of her recipes are inspired and driven by the seasons.


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