Strawberry Smash Cocktail

strawberry smash cocktail recipe

The concept for this cocktail came to me in a flash of brilliance (or desperation?) around 5 o’clock last Friday. I’m sure it has been done before, but it’s delightfully simple and postworthy nonetheless.

I must warn you that this drink is dangerously delicious; I took a sip, snapped some photos, and slurped it right down. Cheers!

strawberry smash cocktail recipe with fresh basil, lemon and honey

Strawberry Smash Cocktail
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Serves: 1 cocktail
Summery cocktail made with strawberries, basil, vodka, club soda and a drizzle of honey. Cheers!
Per cocktail
  • 5 ripe strawberries, leafy ends removed
  • 5 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced (plus more for garnish)
  • Drizzle honey
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • Club soda
  1. In a mixing glass, thoroughly muddle strawberries with the basil.
  2. Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and a drizzle of honey.
  3. Stir in the vodka.
  4. Fill a collins glass with ice and pour your mixture into the glass. Top it off with club soda.
  5. Mix by pouring the drink back into your mixing glass, then back into your drinking glass. Garnish with lemon round and a strawberry.
If you aren’t down with chunks of smashed strawberry floating in your drink, you could strain the fruit, basil and vodka mixture before pouring it over ice.


This is the second post in my new summer cocktails series. Don’t miss my first cocktail, the beautiful red bell, which is made with red bell pepper, basil, and gin!


  1. says

    Bloggers everywhere have been talking about the heat and putting up recipes of cocktails, smoothies, lemonade and all kinds of refreshing drinks, it’s making me so thirsty!!! This, especially, is making me run to the kitchen pronto! Beautiful pictures :D

  2. kirsten says

    wow. that looks amazing! thanks so much for sharing! i am going to that liquor store asap to get me some vodka for this one. yummmm

    • says

      It is amazing, and you can use the basil on your back porch to make it! I’ve been drinking the cheap wine we bought together. Yummm.

      • kirsten says

        yay! i finished off the lighter one. you know, the one you can drink the whole bottle by yourself and still stand up? major selling point apparently. :)

        btw, in the past week we made:
        soba noodle bowl
        kale salad
        ranier cherry mojito
        and strawberry cocktail

        keep em coming. and i got my friend, evan (dan’s computer game playing friend) to put your blog on his daily blogs that he checks out since he loved the noodles so much. :)

        miss you!

        • says

          Woah! I’m in awe that you made all of those recipes in the past week. I love it!

          P.s. Did you notice a slight effervescence in that cheap wine? It was a little champagne like. Me likey.

  3. says

    Gorgeous girl you are on fire! I’m sorry if you literally are right now in summer heat (join Cookie by the fan), but I mean on here, your blog. Your photography and your recipes are just awesome. I will be trying this cocktail come spring here in Australia. Thanks for visiting my blog again too. I loved your tweets about flirting with the patagonia guy! Hilarious! And I love any Cookie sightings! Have a wonderful weekend.

    • says

      So good to hear from you again! You crack me up. I was thoroughly smitten by that Patagonia guy, oh my! I’m not sure I know who you are on twitter—please say hello so I know it’s you!

  4. megan says

    i’ve had this drink before— it’s delish!
    i’m going to make it for a party this coming up weekend and want to make a pitcher of it.
    Do you think you can give me measurements for a pitcher?

  5. says

    Wow! This recipe sounds fabulous! I love the simplicity of it. I have all the ingredients at home. I will definitely try it this weekend!
    btw-i just discovered your blog and I love it!

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