Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe

Nov 29, 2014

Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe

Hello Blog Friends.  Sheena's sister Shannon here with a fabulous cocktail recipe!  A couple months ago, my husband and I went on an overnight getaway to Minneapolis and decided to stop at McCormick & Schmick's for happy hour. 

I decided to try one of their seasonal drinks, a Strawberry Basil Smash, and it was so amazing.... but kinda spendy at $10 for this little drink.  I was quite confident I could mimic it, and my version turned our pretty similar... and way more cost effective!

Strawberry Basil Smash (click here to print recipe)

1 drink

What you need:
3-4 medium strawberries, quartered
4-5 small-medium basil leaves, torn
juice from 1/2 lime
2 ounces simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces gin
club soda

Put the strawberries, basil and lime juice in a pint sized glass. Smash with a muddler. Add ice until the glass is 3/4 full.  Add simple syrup and gin, then top with club soda. Stir to combine and serve!

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  1. I've never thought of putting basil in a cocktail, but I guess they do it with mint, so why not?! Looks delish

    Steph -

  2. this looks great! is there something I could substitute for gin to make it non-alcoholic or just leave it out?

    1. I would add extra club soda in place of the gin, maybe a little extra simple syrup if needed! It would be so good non-alcohalic :)

  3. Wow! This looks and sounds simply amazing!

  4. Yummy! This looks like a delicious cocktail! Your tulip glass is much prettier too!

  5. It's almost strawberry season here, will be trying these real soon! looks like a great cocktail.

  6. Strawberries and basil are a delicious combo! This drink sounds wonderful, and I'm excited you recreated it to save $$$.

  7. I am so there......thanks for posting this!

  8. I am so there......thanks for posting this!

  9. So pretty, I think I need the whole pitcher (plus the strawberry basil smash cocktail!)

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