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Honey Strawberry Basil Smash

A light, refreshing and tasty summer drink recipe that's perfect for the patio or poolside!

Course Drinks
Keyword basil, cocktail, strawberries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 3 fresh strawberries (medium-sized) washed and hulled (plus more for garnish)
  • 3 basil leaves (large) plus more for garnish
  • 1-2 oz. honey simple syrup *see below
  • ½ oz. lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • ½ cup ice (lightly crushed)
  • sparkling water


  1. In a sturdy glass or jar, add strawberries and basil leaves. With a muddler or wooden spoon, work to combine flavours (until the strawberries and basil leaves start to break down). Transfer to a pretty glass.

  2. Top with honey simple syrup and lemon juice. Add in vodka, followed by ice.

  3. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a basil leaf and a few sliced strawberries.

*Honey Simple Syrup

  1. Combine equal parts honey and water (say 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water) in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the honey dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely before using. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge. Works great for sweetening iced tea and other summer drinks too!

Recipe Notes

Adjust honey simple syrup to taste depending on sweetness of the strawberries.