Fresh strawberries and basil are a flavor match made in heaven! And this strawberry basil cocktail with vodka proves it. Strawberry simple syrup adds a vibrant red hue and a delicious flavor. Basil-infused vodka provides a delightful and aromatic tipsy base. My family calls it a strawberry basil martini. I call it delicious!
The Best Strawberry Cocktails Start with Fresh Fruit Syrup
I recently shared an easy method for making strawberry syrup. During strawberry season, there is nothing better than having a batch of fresh, homemade simple syrup handy. Of course, you can use bottled syrup if you prefer. But with all of those beautiful fresh berries at the market, why not make your own? It couldn’t be easier. Check out my quick and easy strawberry syrup recipe to learn how. You’ll need a batch (or a store-bought bottle) for this strawberry basil martini.
Add Infused Vodka for an Herbal Twist
Basil-infused vodka is also super easy to make, but you do need to plan ahead. Check out my tutorial on how to make infused vodka for a quick guide. You can alternatively use pre-made basil vodka, if you prefer. However, don’t skimp on the fresh basil garnish. It really adds a wonderful aroma to this strawberry basil cocktail.
How to Make a Strawberry Basil Cocktail
This strawberry martini is so seasonal and delicious. The combination of ripe, sweet strawberries and peppery, fragrant basil works surprisingly well together. Add a splash of fresh lime juice, an aromatic sprig of fresh basil, and voila! You’ve got a sophisticated strawberry basil vodka cocktail, the perfect tipsy drink to enjoy on the patio on a hot summer day.
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Strawberry Basil Cocktail
- 2 ounces basil infused vodka (buy at the store or make ahead - see notes)
- 1 ounce strawberry simple syrup (buy at the store or make ahead - see notes)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces club soda
- Ice cubes
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Chill your martini glass. Pour basil infused vodka, strawberry syrup, and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake and strain into chilled martini glass. Top off with club soda. Garnish with additional basil leaves. Serve.
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