Copycat Strawberry Basil Smash Gin Cocktail Recipe

If you love berries, this Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail is for you! Fresh lime juice, gin and basil combined with strawberries for the perfect, refreshing summer drink! You'll want more than one!

Cocktail in glass with strawberry garnish

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Drink shown from above with strawberry garnish

This recipe was revised, photographed and updated 6/2021.

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 for this little drink.  

I was quite confident I could mimic it, and my version turned our pretty similar... and way more cost effective!

This drink is super refreshing on a hot summer day! The strawberry and basil are a great flavor combo, and it's so easy to customize using any berry or mint instead of basil. 

Now I can make one of my restaurant favorites at home for a fraction of the price and so can you!

Keep scrolling for tips, photos, additional fresh strawberry drink recipes and more! 

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Cocktail in glass with white background

What are the ingredients in this recipe?

  • Fresh strawberries: Strawberries: The garden strawberry is common and widely grown and cultivated worldwide for their fruit. The fruit is appreciated for its characteristic aroma, bright red color, juicy texture, and sweetness. They're an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. Eating eight large strawberries will give you one day's serving of fruit.
  • Fresh basil: Also called sweet basil and is an annual herb in the mint family. It's a great source of vitamin k, vitamin a, magnesium and iron. It has a sweet smell with a peppery taste.
  • Lime juice
  • Simple syrup: Traditional simple syrup is made from one part sugar to one part water. It's then heated until the sugar is dissolved, then cooled and used in drinks from cocktails to coffee. You can infuse different flavors from herbs, flowers to fruit or vanilla. You can store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to one month. Store bought can be stored for up to six months.
  • Gin
  • Club Soda
  • Ice

Full recipe located below

Recipe tips:

  • If you don't have a muddler, you can also use the handle of a wooden spoon to mash the berries.
  • You really can't over muddle in this recipe. Muddle for a shorter time if you prefer more chunky strawberries, or longer if you prefer less.
  • This drink can be multiplied and served from a pitcher. I recommend making it fresh and not ahead of time.

Drink in a glass with strawberries and a brown towel

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Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Smash Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 4 small strawberries, quartered
  • 5 small basil leaves, torn
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • club soda
  • ice


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

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Close up of cocktail from above

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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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