This fruit and herb infused Strawberry Basil Vodka Smash is the perfect and most refreshing cocktail to sip on all year long. A combination of fresh strawberries, basil leaves and fresh squeezed lemon juice are muddled to release the pure flavors of this sweet and tart cocktail.
Summer days are over, but the heat is sticking around for a little longer. As we head into fall, but still feels like summer, I am enjoying the last of my fruity and refreshing cocktails before we are full force pumpkin spice.
Strawberry Basil Smash is super easy to make and even easier to sip on. Made with fresh strawberries, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey for a touch of sweet, fresh basil leaves and Western Son Strawberry Vodka.
Strawberries- Fresh strawberries are the star of this fruit cocktail. I really only love using fresh strawberries to ensure that the flavor stays pure and sweet.
Basil- Adding an herb flavor pairs so well with the fresh strawberries and I love the addition of basil. If you don't love basil or don't have any on hand, you can always replace the basil with mint or another herb you love.
Lemon- Fresh squeezed lemon juice adds the perfect amount of tart flavor to the cocktail. As an alternative, you can also use lime juice.
Honey- Just a touch of sweet and I love the natural flavor of honey.
Vodka- Western Sons Strawberry Vodka adds another pop of strawberry flavor to this fruit and fresh cocktail. If you don't have strawberry vodka, you can use a vodka of your choice.
Three easy steps to make the most delicious and refreshing cocktail that you can enjoy all year long.
Combine the strawberries, basil, lemon juice and honey in a cocktail shaker and muddle the fruit and herbs to release the juices
Add the vodka to the muddled fruit and fill the shaker with ice
Shake and Serve
Shake the Strawberry Basil Smash until the ingredients are fully combined. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice, garnish with fresh strawberries and mint leaves and serve!
Helpful Tips and FAQS To Make The Best Cocktails
Fresh Fruits and Juices
It is really important when making a cocktail to juice 100% fresh fruits and juices. This will ensure that your cocktail will taste the best and not be too sweet.
I always love adding fresh herbs to my cocktails! Whether you are using them as a garnish or infusing them in a simple syrup, the herbs add a fresh element and a pop of color!
I always think it is best to make the cocktail right before you are serving it to be sure that the flavor is not diluted from the ice. If you do need to make a batch in advance be sure to wait to add the ice and the sparkling water until right before you serve the cocktail.
Yes, you can multiply the amount you need and mix this in a pitcher or punch bowl. Do not add the sparkling water until you serve the cocktail in a glass and you can top it off with the bubbles.
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Strawberry Basil Vodka Smash
- 3 Strawberries Fresh
- 2 Basil Leaves
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 2 Ounces Western Son Strawberry Vodka
- Club Soda
- Strawberries and Mint Sprigs for Garnish
- In a cocktail shaker combine the strawberries, basil leaves, honey and lemon juice
- Use a muddler to mash the berries and release all the juices
- Add the Strawberry Vodka into the cocktail shaker
- Fill with ice and shake until the cocktail is fully combined
- Strain the Strawberry Basil Vodka Smash into a glass filed with ice
- Top with a splash of club soda
- Garnish with a fresh strawberry and a piece of mint