Strawberry-Basil Smash

Mix up the simple, four-ingredient (plus water) base of this pitcher cocktail and simply set out options for guests to customize their smash cocktail. Author Gaby Dalkin recommends vodka, tequila, white rum, or sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon.

Strawberry-Basil Smash
Photo: Matt Armendariz
Total Time:
15 mins
6 cups


  • ¾ cup sugar

  • 12 ounce strawberries, hulled (2 1/4 cups)

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

  • ½ cup packed fresh basil leaves

  • Gin, vodka, silver tequila, or white rum

  • Sparkling water, chilled


  1. In a pitcher combine 4 cups water and the sugar. Stir until dissolved.

  2. Add strawberries, lemon juice, and basil. Using an immersion blender, blend 2 minutes or until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Skim off and discard any foam. Chill, covered, up to 24 hours.

  3. For each drink, pour about 3/4 cup strawberry mixture into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir in 1 to 2 ounces desired alcohol. Top with a splash of sparkling water. If desired, garnish with sliced strawberries and additional basil leaves. Serves 6 to 8.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
30g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 28g
Vitamin C 32.7mg 164%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 94mg 2%
Folate, total 16.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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