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I'd like to prepare Gin Basil Smashes for a large event but it calls for muddling basil leaves for each serving which will be too slow. Before I experiment, is there already a known way to prepare a syrup or cordial ahead of time (perhaps flavored with lots of muddled basil) so that it can be mixed quickly when it's time to serve?

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How to batch a cocktail with a muddled ingredient?

For your Gin Basil Smashes, try using a Basil Simple Syrup, but in order to use less less syrup in your mix triple the amount of basil leaves you use in making the basic basil syrup.

This is not a proven way to help you out, but I am confident it may work.

Basil Simple Syrup

Use this basil simple syrup to flavor summer's most refreshing cocktails, mocktails, lemonades, and frozen treats. Fresh basil leaves are steeped in sugar and water to create a sweet herbal syrup.

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

Directions

Combine water, sugar, and basil leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and let syrup steep for 30 minutes.

Drain syrup through a mesh strainer into a sterilized glass jar; discard basil leaves. Let cool, then cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

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If you are batching for a single event and all of your batch is to be used all at once, there is no reason why you can't just blitz blanched basil syrup into your gin and lemon mix and then refrigerate til needed.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler has a great trick for this that he uses for mojitos but there's no reason why it wouldn't work for GBS.

A trick for herb-infused syrups that won't turn brown, and a mojito recipe that you can make for a group, without spending the whole night muddling.

You can find the full recipe here

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