Cocktail of the Week: Watermelon Basil Smash

Watermelon Basil Smash

Jade Forest, a brand known for their premium tonic waters, have developed a range of gin recipes to be enjoyed with their tonic water varieties. Jade Forest offers a twist to classic gin cocktails.

The standout of their three developed recipes is the Watermelon Basil Smash, which works perfectly using any brand of dry gin.


  • 60ml dry gin
  • 60g fresh watermelon, cubed
  • Six fresh basil leaves
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Jade Forest cucumber and mint tonic water
  • Watermelon slice and basil sprig (garnish)
  • Ice cubes


Muddle the watermelon cubes and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice to the shaker. Fill with ice cubes and shake vigorously. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top off with the tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with the watermelon slice and the sprig of basil.

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