Wednesday’s Romantic Recommendation – Basil

2013 Apr
Gin and Basil

Wednesday’s Romantic Recommendation – Basil

by Louis Gervais / In Recipes, Tips & Advice

Basil – such an underrated and ubiquitous herb. It could be growing in your own back yard, but are you making use of its erotic elements? In ancient Rome, Basil was known as the herb of lovers. Its sweet and spicy aroma is believed to have healing powers that can cure any headache, or even a debilitating migraine (no more excuses!).  It also, fortunately, promotes circulation and simultaneously warms the body, creating ideal conditions for love and intimacy.

For this week’s Romantic Recommendation, we’ve found a shoo-in concoction for romance: Gin and Basil. Check out this video from for a simple and delicious recipe, called a Basil Smash, and try it out on your sweet heart this weekend!


  • Fresh Basil
  • Gin of choice
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Simple Syrup (1 part water, 1 part dissolved sugar)
  • Ice


Add Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Basil to your glass and muddle (crush basil to brings out its flavours).  Shake with ice and pour over ice. Garnish with basil leaves on top. Voila!

We tried making our own version of this using San Pellegrino Limonatta, basil, and gin – it was quick and very refreshing!

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Louis Gervais

Louis Gervais is the award winning Executive Chef of Louis Gervais Fine Foods. His dynamic personality, passion for fine cuisine, and high standards are evident in every aspect of his business. Find Louis Gervais on Google.

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