In the mid-2000s, Germany made a mark on the cocktail map with simple yet deliciously considered drinks, such as the Gin Basil Smash from Jörg Meyer.
2 oz. gin
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¾ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2-3 sprigs fresh basil
Tools: muddler, shaker, strainer, fine strainer
Garnish: basil leaf
Muddle the basil in a shaker and add the other ingredients. Add ice and shake to chill. Fine-strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Jörg Meyer, Le Lion, Hamburg