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.




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

  • 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.

  • 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

180 calories, (0 g saturated fat, 0 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 g monounsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 28 g sugar, 0 g protein.