Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

1 Cocktail
5 min

Fruity, light and refreshing! This Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail is an all-time favorite cocktail. Herbaceous and delicious, with a few natural ingredients.

Made with vodka (or my fave cucumber mint flavored), fresh muddled strawberries, basil leaves, and a little lemon juice. This basil smash cocktail is for sure to be one of your recurring go-to’s! It tastes like a spiked strawberry lemonade!


You will particularly enjoy this drink if you go for the sweeter, lighter cocktails. I love cocktails using real fruits, like my Spiked Vodka Lemonade with Kiwi or Watermelon & Blueberry Vodka Smash.


Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Vodka. I love flavored vodka, so I pair my Cucumber-Mint combo with this recipe. Substitute for any flavored vodka or unflavored. Or even try with gin or rum.
  • Strawberries. Substitute for your favorite mixed berry option.
  • Fresh Basil. Substitute for mint.
  • Lemon Juice. You can substitute for lime juice, but it does make this cocktail more tart.
  • Simple Syrup. Simple syrup helps add a sweetness to this fruity cocktail. Substitute for honey, maple syrup or agave.


TIP! You can always make your own simple syrup by combining equal parts water and sugar in a small pot on the stove. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and then let cool.

Variations

Want to make a variation of this strawberry basil smash recipe?


  • Try topping with club soda, lemonade, ginger beer, kombucha or even prosecco.
  • Infuse your own vodka with basil, strawberries, or even lemons.
  • Add a shot of limoncello!

Tips, Tricks & Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to muddle fruit and herbs?

Muddling the strawberries and basil in this vodka recipe help release the oils and juice.


What can I use instead of a muddler?

If you don’t have a muddler, use the bottom of a clean, wooden spoon.


Should I strain this cocktail?

I prefer a less pulpy cocktail and therefore strain my cocktail. If you don’t mind it, you can simply muddle the strawberries and let it be.

Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail

Recipe details

  • 1  Cocktail
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 5 min
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Ingredients


  • 2 OZ KetelOne Cucumber & Mint Vodka
  • 1 OZ Simple Syrup
  • 2 Strawberries hulled and stems removed
  • 2 Basil Leaves washed thoroughly
  • 2 OZ Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)

Instructions


Lightly muddle the strawberries, basil and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until strawberries are almost like a purée.
Pour the vodka, simple syrup and ice into the shaker.
Shake for 30-seconds.
Strain over a cup with fresh ice cubes.
Garnish with a strawberry and basil.

Lightly muddle the strawberries, basil and lemon juice in your glass. Muddle until strawberries are almost like a purée.
Add the vodka, simple syrup and ice.
Stir.
Strain over a glass with fresh ice cubes or keep as a pulpy cocktail.
Garnish with strawberry and basil.

Tips

  • Vodka. I love flavored vodka, so I pair my Cucumber-Mint combo with this recipe. Substitute for any flavored vodka or unflavored. Or even try with gin or rum.
  • Strawberries. Substitute for your favorite mixed berry option.
  • Fresh Basil. Substitute for mint.
  • Lemon Juice. You can substitute for lime juice, but it does make this cocktail more tart.
  • Simple Syrup. Simple syrup helps add a sweetness to this fruity cocktail. Substitute for honey, maple syrup or agave.
  • TIP! You can always make your own simple syrup by combining equal parts water and sugar in a small pot on the stove. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and then let cool.
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