Strawberry Basil Smash

 

Oh my gosh, strawberries and basil...who knew they were such a match made in heaven?  Add honey syrup, vodka and club soda and you'll be singing their praises along with me!  I first made these on a night we were making pizza and decided to experiment with the fresh basil in a cocktail.  With the subtle hint of basil in this cocktail paired with the punch of the fresh basil leaves on the pizza, I was in my glory!  You don't have to pair this drink with pizza night (although amazing), this delicious cocktail is just fine on its own.  

Ingredients - Serves 1 

  • 5 Ripe Strawberries (leafy part removed)
  • 3-5 Fresh Basil Leaves
  • 1 Medium Lemon, Juiced
  • 1 oz (or 1 shot) Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup
  • 1 and 1/2 oz (or 1 and 1/2 shots) Vodka (we like Tito's)
  • Splash Club Soda

How to Make It

In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries and basil leaves.  Add lemon juice, honey simple syrup, and vodka along with 6 ice cubes.  Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.  Fill a fancy glass with crushed ice and strain cocktail into glass.  Add a splash of club soda then garnish with a fresh strawberry and basil leaves. Enjoy!