Tip #40 – Gin Basil Smash

For the perfect sunset

What exactly is the South African Sundowner? You meet with friends, colleagues or family for a drink just before sunset. Where? It doesn’t matter! On a hill with a view, at home in the garden or in a bar, watching the sun go down and letting the day end in a relaxed way. We’ve researched and found the drink to match. Get the South African sunset at your home!


Gin Basil Smash Recipe:

Ingredients for a glass (tumbler)

  • 5-6 basil leaves
  • 1-2 tsp sugar syrup – depending on how sweet the tonic water is
  • 4 cl gin (e.g. Muti Gin)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 100-125 ml tonic water
  • some ice cubes
  • 1-2 basil leaves (for garnish)
  • 1 organic lemon slice
  • 1 slice of cucumber


  1. Roughly pluck basil leaves into pieces.
  2. Pour into a cocktail shaker with syrup and crush well with a wooden pestle.
  3. Add the gin and lemon juice, close the lid and shake everything well for about 1 minute.
  4. Pour the drink through the strainer in the lid into a glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with tonic water.
  6. Add shredded basil leaves, lemon and cucumber if you like.




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