Strongly associated with the Margarita, Tequila has the reputation to be a spirit that is difficult to utilize at home. You’ll be hard pressed to find a tequila based drink that doesn’t contain lime juice or some type of orange liqueur. Taking a non-traditional approach we made a southern style smash that’s simple to make, palate pleasing and refreshing.
With summer around the corner, there is no better time to use herbs from your home garden. A variation of the julep, the smash includes a spirit base, fresh herb and citrus. It’s an easy drink made for smashing your ingredients together, adding lots of ice and topping it with fizz. Perfected for a hot day.
In this TAC original cocktail the marriage of pineapple and basil blend perfectly with the earthy floras of the tequila. The ginger beer gives it a nice frothy body with a smashing good kick at the finish.
If you need salt, go to the beach.
*Southern Basil Smash
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz. Pineapple juice*
1 splash orange juice*
3 medium basil leaves split in half
Add first 4 ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake the heck out of it. Pour into a pint glass, top with ginger beer. Add extra ice if needed. Wipe the sweat from your brow and consume hardily.
*Save a step and use Dole Pineapple Orange Juice