This unusual cocktail is Perfect for Halloween

A mash-up of a flying dutchman and basil gin smash, this elevated sipper takes on an Asian twist (and delightfully bright purple colour) with the addition of licorice-forward purple basil.

City Style and Living Fall 2022 Purple Basil Flying Dutch Smash Cocktail
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Purple Basil Flying Dutch Smash Cocktail

1 1/2 oz. gin

1/2 oz. Triple Sec

1/2 oz. Blue Curaçao

1/4 oz. grenadine

1/8 oz. lemon juice

2 sprigs fresh purple basil and lemon rind for garnish


Muddle basil and grenadine in a shaker. Fill tumbler with ice. Add triple sec, gin, blue curacao lemon juice. Shake well and strain. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and lemon rind.

Did you know?

A general rule in cocktail making is that if it contains citrus, egg, cream, or any opaque ingredient, then you shake it? The act of shaking both chills and dilutes the drink, and makes it ready to sip, instantly.  Simply add five to ten cubes, count to ten, until the exterior of the shaker become frosty; strain and serve.

This original article first appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.

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