When the team at Absolut® Elyx Vodka asked us to share some summer bar inspiration, right away we wanted to create a cocktail. The copper-distilled vodka has an exceptionally clean taste, which makes it perfect for pairing with subtle flavors like basil and berries. After much experimenting, we came up with this Basil Citrus Berry Smash that's so beautiful and refreshing, we plan on sipping it all summer long!
Wrap a few handfuls of ice cubes in a clean towel or ice crusher bag and, using a mallet, rolling pin, or muddler, tap until all the ice is broken up and crushed (you want a mix of ice sizes from pea sized to snowlike).
Combine honey, clementine juice, and lemon juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and stir with a bar spoon until the honey is dissolved. Add 3 blackberries and the basil leaves and use a muddler until the basil leaves are really well broken up.
Add the Green Chartreuse and Absolut® Elyx Vodka to the cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, close, and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold to the touch and starts to frost, about 10 seconds.
Fill a julep cup with the crushed ice then strain the cocktail over the ice. Add more crushed ice to the top of the cup, garnish with basil leaves and a blackberry and serve.
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