Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash – juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Happy Friday!

This week flew by. The month flew by actually. How is May almost over?!

My kids’ last day of school is next week and I’m gonna be real honest with you, I have no clue where they’re going to school next year. Like, I don’t even know what state they’re to go to school in. That’s where my life is right now.

So the end of the school year is exciting because you know I love summer and all the fun that comes along with it but it’s also super stressful because… I really just need someone to figure out my entire life for me so I don’t have to make any more decisions.

That’d be great.

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

What Is a Smash?

Honestly? I have no idea why a smash is called a smash. All you really need to know about smashes is that they’re always going on have a spirit (usually bourbon but sometimes whiskey, gin, brandy, or even rum), sugar, an herb, and seasonal fruit. 

Oh, and ice. I’ve seen a lot of definitions say that a smash must have “small ice” or even shaved ice.

Smashes are great way to celebrate seasonal foods because you really can use whatever fruits and herbs are in season. Just muddle it all together with some sugar and top it with your spirit of choice and maybe a splash of seltzer. That’s all you need for a smash!

How To Make Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash!

This is my favorite time of year for cocktails. All the berries and fresh herbs and is there anything better than sipping a cold cocktail on the porch?

And I’m absolutely in love with this Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash. I love smashes anyway but this one?

Ugh, so good. The super sweet strawberries with the herby basil is everything I look for in a cocktail.

So it’s just the fresh berries and basil with just a bit of simple syrup and lemon juice.

You just smash all that together – with a muddler if you have one and if not, the end of a wooden spoon works just fine. Then a little bit of bourbon and splash of sparkling water. This is my ideal cocktail because it’s super simple ingredients and doesn’t involve having to wash a shaker.

Also? It’s so pretty!

Can You Double The Recipe?

Since the fruit has to be muddled in the bottom of each glass, you can’t really double this recipe. It’s easiest just to make them one by one to ensure that each glass gets the perfect amount of strawberries, basil, lemon juice, and simple syrup. 

Can You Make It Ahead?

No, this is one cocktail recipe that needs to be made fresh. 

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Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!

Yield: 1 serving

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries, cut into chunks
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons simple syrup, to taste
  • 4 - 5 fresh basil leaves
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • ice
  • sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Muddle strawberries, simple syrup, basil, and lemon juice together in a cocktail glass, until everything is smashed together and fragrant. Add Bourbon and ice; stir to combine. Top with sparkling water.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 307Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 1g

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Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash - juicy strawberries and fresh basil are the perfect pair in this bourbon cocktail recipe!