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Strawberry Gin Smash with Basil & Elderflower

Yield: 4 cocktails
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
This strawberry gin smash has fresh basil, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice for a refreshing, delicious summer cocktail. Make it in a pitcher or as a single drink!


Strawberry Basil Purée

  • 1 c strawberries, sliced
  • 8 basil leaves

Strawberry Gin Smash

  • 4 oz strawberry basil purée
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • 6 oz gin
  • 2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • Club soda, to top
  • Strawberries, basil, etc., to garnish


Strawberry Basil Purée

  • In a blender or food processor, purée the strawberries and basil together until smooth. You should end up with about 4 ounces total.

Strawberry Gin Smash (Puréed Version)

  • In four highball glasses, add 1 oz. strawberry basil purée, 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 1 1/2 oz. gin, and 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur to each glass. Stir until combined.
  • Fill the glasses with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with strawberries, basil, etc. Stir the strawberry gin smashes right before drinking. Enjoy!

Strawberry Gin Smash (Muddled Version)

  • Place 1/4 cup of sliced strawberries into each highball glass. Muddle until the strawberries are juicy and smooth. Add 2 basil leaves to each highball glass and muddle just a bit to release the flavor of the herb.
  • To each glass, add 1/2 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. simple syrup, 1 1/2 oz. gin, and 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur. Stir.
  • Fill the glass with ice and top with club soda. Garnish, if desired. Give it a stir right before enjoying.


If you don't have a muddler, use the handle of a wooden spoon.
To make the drink sweeter, add a little extra simple syrup or use lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, or champagne in place of the club soda.
I top my cocktails with 1-2 ounces of club soda, but you can add more if desired.
Please note that the strawberry basil purée will make enough for 4 cocktails. If you want to make 8 cocktails (for a pitcher), simply double the purée and add 1/2 c. fresh lime juice, 1/2 c. simple syrup, 1 1/2 c. gin, and 1/2 c. elderflower liqueur. Top with soda water, to taste.
Cuisine: American
Course: Drinks
Serving: 1cocktail, Calories: 207kcal, Carbohydrates: 15.9g, Protein: 0.4g, Fat: 0.1g, Sodium: 24mg, Potassium: 89mg, Fiber: 0.8g, Sugar: 2g, Calcium: 19mg
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