Recipes and Cooking Strawberry-Basil Smash Be the first to rate & review! 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. By Gaby Dalkin Gaby Dalkin Website Gaby Dalkin is a trained chef and food stylist with her own personal brand, What's Gaby Cooking. She has written four cookbooks: What's Gaby Cooking, What's Gaby Cooking: Eat What You Want, Absolutely Avocados, and What's Gaby Cooking: Take it Easy. She is also a contributor to Better Homes & Gardens, working on a special edition of Better Homes & Gardens entitled Mindful Eating with What's Gaby Cooking. Gaby has appeared on the TODAY Show cooking segments and is featured in the food blog Create & Cultivate. Gaby graduated from Westlake Culinary Institute with a degree in culinary arts. She then specialized in pastry arts at the Academy of Culinary Education. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on May 3, 2019 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Matt Armendariz Total Time: 15 mins Servings: 6 Yield: 6 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 Directions 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. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 180 Calories 30g Carbs Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.