Gin Blueberry Basil Smash (Midnight in the Witch’s Garden Cocktail)

Briana

Briana

Last updated on October 23rd, 2020

This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash is like Midnight in the Witch’s Garden made sugar free just in time for Halloween! This perfectly spooky drink is made with activated charcoal and blueberries to give this drink a creepy, black and purple hue. Combine with gin, fresh lemon juice, muddled basil leaves, and diet ginger beer for a refreshing botanical drink. Enjoy these drinks that look like they came straight from a witch’s garden at midnight this Halloween!


gin blueberry basil smash with halloween decorations

Halloween is our absolute FAVORITE holiday, hands down! We live for the spooky season! If you’re into it like us, we have plenty of fun and festive recipes that you can make to celebrate. This gin blueberry basil smash is a hit with it’s awesome dark hue. Super simple to make, and refreshing, and it certainly sets the spooky mood. This drink is similar to our blackberry ginger gin smash, made a touch sweeter, and spookier. We want you to feel like you wound up with a cocktail in your hand after stumbling into a witch’s garden at midnight. 😉

If you’re craving another low carb gin cocktail, this low carb pomegranate and ginger gin bennett has such a lovely, deep red hue making it another perfect candidate for Halloween celebrations. Stay tuned for the days to come, we have a few more festive low carb Halloween cocktails, as well as a whole roundup post of our best Halloween recipes coming very soon!

Here’s What We Used For This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe:

Gin Blueberry Basil Smash Midnight in the Witch's Garden Cocktail

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What Is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a superfine and odorless black powder. It’s made from heating carbon rich materials like wood, coconut shells, peat and more at very high temperatures. It’s super easy to add to this drink to make it perfect for Halloween. This cocktail would be great all year long, but adding activated charcoal to it creates an amazingly creepy drink.

Now we aren’t really able to give medical advice or anything like that, and activated charcoal is kind of a hot topic right now in the food world. We have heard that this drink can even help you from getting a hangover due to its purification properties, but we don’t know the validity of this claim. You can read more about activated charcoal here! Even if you don’t have activated charcoal on hand, this drink would probably still work well for Halloween because of the muddled blueberries, that create a rich purple hue.

What Gin Should I Use For This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash?

We used a dry gin for this recipe. You want the botanical flavors to shine through. If you aren’t a fan of gin, we don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use rum, tequila or vodka. Choose something that suits your palate. We used Bombay Sapphire for this drink.

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Do I Need Fresh Or Frozen Blueberries For This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash?

You can use fresh or frozen berries for this drink. This time, we used fresh, because we had them on hand. Sometimes we use opt for frozen blueberries instead! We often have some that we handpicked on adventures to Traverse City, Michigan! We’d recommend warming them up for a few seconds in the microwave before muddling just to get them to release some of those juices easily.

What Is Diet Ginger Beer?

We get a lot of questions about the ginger beer we use in our recipes. Diet ginger beer is apparently kind of hard to find in certain parts of the world! It’s actually a little difficult to find in Chicago sometimes, as only some stores carry it.

Our favorite brand is Diet Goslings. If you live in Chicago, we find the Goslings at Jewel Osco. Drink Reed’s is another good option, and we find at Trader Joe’s. It’s sweetened with erythritol, making it probably the cleanest option on the market. We’ve heard that Zevia makes diet ginger beer You can also probably find diet Barritt’s ginger beer at a store near you, or on Amazon. If you can’t find diet ginger beer, we think you could use diet ginger ale, but you might need to add a bit of sugar free simple syrup.

Making a ginger spiced sugar free is super simple, by simply boiling and infusing some water with ginger, then combining it with your favorite sugar free sweetener. Use 1 cup sweetener for 1 cup hot ginger water, then stir to dissolve. We opt for allulose when making simple syrups, since it will not crystallize after getting cold. We’re hoping this is a simple and close substitute for diet ginger beer, but it’s hard to replicated that spicy, fermented ginger taste that ginger beer provides!

Tools We Use:

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Let’s Make This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash (Midnight in the Witch’s Garden Cocktail):​


Gently muddle about 8 basil leaves per drink in the bottom of each highball glass. Be gentle. You just want to release some of the natural oils in the basil, not bruise it! Set glasses aside.

Gently muddle about 8 basil leaves in the bottom of each highball glass. You just want to release those natural oils, so be gentle. Set glasses aside. Add your blueberries to the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle.

Pour in your lemon juice, gin and the activated charcoal, then give the mixture a good stir with the bar spoon.

Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, shake for about 30 seconds until cold. Add ice to the glasses, then double strain the mixture into both glasses. Top off the glasses with the diet ginger beer.

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Blueberry Basil Gin Smash (Midnight in the Witch’s Garden Cocktail)
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Gin Blueberry Basil Smash is like Midnight in the Witch’s Garden made sugar free just in time for Halloween! This perfectly spooky drink is made with activated charcoal and blueberries to give this drink a creepy, black and purple hue. Combine with gin, fresh lemon juice, muddled basil leaves, and diet ginger beer for a refreshing botanical drink. Enjoy these drinks that look like they came straight from a witch’s garden at midnight this Halloween!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktails, Drinks, gin, Halloween, keto, low carb, sugar free
Servings: 2 cocktails
Calories: 151 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 16 whole basil leaves
  • 40 grams blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 4 ounces gin
  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal powder
  • 1 can diet ginger beer
  • ice
  • Garnish with basil
Instructions
  1. Gently muddle about 8 basil leaves per drink in the bottom of each highball glass. Set glasses aside.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, the blueberries, muddle well.

  3. Pour your fresh squeezed lemon juice, gin and activated cocktail into the shaker. Stir the mixture with a bar spoon.

  4. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, and shake well for 30 seconds, until shaker is cold. Double strain into glasses filled with ice, then top off the drinks with diet ginger beer.

  5. Garnish with fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

Macros: Makes 2 servings, 151 calories per cocktail, 5g total carbs, 1g fiber, making 4 net carbs. 

We estimate these nutrition facts using MyFitnessPal and cannot guarantee the accuracy. They are provided as a courtesy. You should calculate your own macros, as nutrition facts vary from brand to brand. 

 

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