Kale, Pineapple, Basil Smash

Serves: 1


1/2 cup fresh pineapple, peeled and cut in 1-inch chunks

8 basil leaves, divided

1 1/2 ounces rye

1/4 ounce fresh kale juice (see note below)

Garnish: basil sprig and pineapple slice


Muddle pineapple and 5 basil leaves in cocktail shaker until you've made a pulpy puree. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, add rye and kale juice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds.

Place remaining 3 basil leaves in an old fashioned glass. Fill glass with ice, strain cocktail into glass, and garnish with basil sprig and pineapple slice. Serve immediately.

Note: Your juice yield will vary depending on which juicer you use. We found that it takes about 3/4 pound of kale to produce 4 ounces of juice.

Popular vegetable substitutions include: Kale

Recipe and photograph courtesy of Autumn Giles.

Muddled fresh basil, fresh pineapple juice, kale juice, and rye whiskey come together in this delicious sweet-tart, herbaceous green smash. I used Rittenhouse Rye, but feel free to use any good rye you have on hand.