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Our Address

Hayman’s Distillery
8a Weir Road
SW12 0NA

How to get to us

We are a 12-minute walk from Balham station (Northern line, zone 3 Overground and Underground) or a 15-minute walk from Clapham South station (Northern line, zone 2 Underground).

Est. 1863

Basil Smash

Hayman's Old Tom Basil Smash


Lemon, basil and gin served over crushed ice, the Basil Smash is perfect to make when you’re having friends over on a Summers evening.

For one Basil Smash you’ll need:

  1. Add all these ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Stack with ice.
  3. Shake hard.
  4. Double strain into a chilled glass (already filled with crushed ice)
  5. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and fresh basil leaves.

Bartenders Tip

How do you make crushed ice? You can get small handheld machines … but it is also easily made with things you already have at home.  Place ice in a tea towel, fold it in half, then in half again. Then hit it for about a minute with a rolling pin, and viola – crushed ice!


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