A refreshing Strawberry Basil Cocktail recipe for summer. Muddled strawberries combined with fresh basil, lime and vodka. Cheers!
Summer is here and it’s time for fresh ingredients and long evenings spent outdoors. There’s nothing better than using fresh fruit for a summer cocktail. This strawberry basil cocktail has become our go-to drink as of late. Test it out and let me know what you think!
Muddled Strawberry Basil CocktailJump to Recipe
When creating cocktail recipes, I am always looking for fresh ingredients that are naturally low in sugar. This drink uses honey to sweeten it just a bit and bring out the strawberry flavors. As always, you can adjust the flavor and use as much honey as you’d like.
And strawberry and basil are a match made in summer heaven. To me, fresh basil is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. I haven’t had much success growing it in our backyard, but once we redo our garden beds, I want to try again! I think the California heat and sun is just too much for it.
Paleo Friendly Cocktail Recipe
If you are looking for a healthier cocktail recipe, this strawberry basil vodka cocktail is paleo compliant. It uses fresh fruit and herbs and honey to sweeten. Honey is paleo compliant in moderate amounts. Feel free to cut down on the amount of honey or swap it with monkfruit or raw maple syrup.
Let’s Make A Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail!
The full, printable recipe for this strawberry basil cocktail is at the bottom of this post, but I will walk you through how to make this easy summer cocktail.
Using 3 quartered strawberries with the stems removed, place them in the bottom of a glass along with the juice of 1/2 of a lime, a tablespoon or so (to taste) of honey and 2 basil leaves that are cut in chiffonade style. You can learn how to chiffonade fresh basil leaves here.
Muddle the ingredients until you have a somewhat smooth, but not pureed consistency. I explain how to muddle a cocktail in the next section below.
Add the muddled ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with 2 ounces of vodka and ice. Shake well and pour into a glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda and garnish with a fresh strawberry and basil leaf. Sip and enjoy this Strawberry Basil Cocktail!
How To Muddle Strawberries
Now, you may be wondering what muddling is or how to do it. Muddling is a technique used to gently mash herbs and fruit to release their juices and flavors. You can use a muddler or the back of a spoon to do this.
With the ingredients at the bottom of a glass, push down and twist at the same time to extract the flavors of your ingredients. Continue until you have the desired consistency for your cocktail.
Muddled Strawberry Basil Cocktail
- 3 strawberries quartered
- 2 basil leaves chiffonade or torn
- 1 tbsp honey to taste
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 2 ounces vodka or gin
- 1 splash club soda optional
- Add the strawberries, basil, honey and lime juice to the bottom of a glass or shaker. Muddle the ingredients until combined.
- Add muddled mixture to a cocktail shaker along with vodka and ice. Shake until cold.
- Pour into glass and top off the glass with club soda. Serve garnished with a fresh strawberry and basil leaf.
13 Summer Strawberry Recipes
Now, check out these delicious summer strawberry recipes that my friends are sharing today! Everything from cocktails to cupcakes. Yum! Click the links below the images to visit their blogs and grab the recipes.
Fresh Strawberry Pie // Happy Happy Nester
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes // Inspiration For Moms
Strawberry Tart // Paint Me Pink
Muddled Strawberry Basil Cocktail // Modern Glam
Strawberry Cocktail // Craftberry Bush
Refreshing Strawberry Cocktail // Maison De Cinq
Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches // My 100 Year Old Home
Strawberry Basil Ice Cream // Most Lovely Things
Keto Strawberry Shortcake In A Jar // The Happy Housie
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Quinoa // Satori Design For Living
Glazed Strawberry Sweet Bread // Sincerely, Marie Designs
Breakfast Granola Tart // My Sweet Savannah
Easy Strawberry Banana Cheesecake Salad // Twelve on Main
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