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He’s a Smashing Young Lad

Smashing Lad Cocktail
Gin, Absinthe
Spring, Summer

About this Recipe

Things are starting to look quite green around here. I’ve got a spring in my step, and the days are longer. It’s time for some light, refreshing cocktails to enjoy on these warmer days.
Over the years I have attempted a few drinks with pepper, but never perfected it and always ended up with pepper in my teeth. Incorporating the pepper into a syrup gave me the little bite I wanted, without putting flecks in my bite.


  • 1.5 oz Aviation Gin
  • 0.5 oz Basil and Lime Purée
  • 0.5 oz Black Peppercorn Syrup
  • Dash of Absinthe
  • Top with Tonic


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp Black peppecorns

Pepper in the Pot

Roast some peppercorns in the oven for about 10 minutes to bring out their flavor and scent.

Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Add the peppercorn and let simmer for approximately 15 minutes. To get the full flavor, let the peppercorns cool in the pan with the syrup for maybe an hour or so. Strain into a bottle and you’re ready to start mixing.

Make it Green

You can muddle the basil with lime juice in your cocktail shaker. To really pull the flavor and color however, this takes quite a bit of smashing. To make your life a little easier, you can purée a handful of basil leaves, juice from 4-5 limes and just a bit of water. Strain into a container to mix with your drink.

Shake it ‘Til You Make it

Shake all the ingredients minus  the tonic in a shaker with ice. Pour into a tall glass, and top with tonic. I added frozen strawberries for some color and a bit of flavor.