Spicy Shiso Smash

  • Serves

    makes 1 Cocktail


Shiso leaves muddled with spicy Thai red chile and slices of cooling cucumber make for a refreshing and festive cocktail. Served over crushed ice with a bit of simple syrup, lime juice, and white rum, and topped off with plenty of seltzer, it's a perfect sip to serve for summer.


  • 2 shiso (perilla) leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 12 red Thai bird chili, stemmed, seeded, and sliced
  • 6 slices cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 12 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 12 oz. white rum
  • Seltzer, to top


Step 1

In a tall glass, muddle shiso leaves, chile, and 3 slices cucumber. Fill glass with crushed ice, simple syrup, lime juice, and rum. Stir, and top with seltzer. Garnish with remaining cucumber slices.