Strawberry Basil Smash

April, 2024

One classic that’s more recent goes back a couple decades to a bar in Hamburg, Germany, although it uses gin as a primary ingredient. In this variation, strawberries and fresh basil are smashed together until fragrant in this bourbon-based cocktail make it perfect for those hot summer days just around the corner.

  • ¼ c. fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
  • 5 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. simple syrup
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • ½ cup ice, or as needed
  • 3 oz. sparkling water, or as needed


Muddle strawberries, basil, lemon juice, and simple syrup together in a cocktail glass until smashed together and fragrant. Add bourbon and ice, then stir to combine. Top with sparkling water. Add a strawberry and a couple of basil leaves for garnish.

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