Strawberry Basil Cocktail

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Top View of Strawberry Basil Cocktail garnished with fresh strawberries, basil and lemon slices

The fragrant smell of a Strawberry Basil cocktail always transports us to early summer picnics in a sunny field or garden, rich with strawberry bushes and fresh green herbs. This gin cocktail is like a little bit of sunshine in a glass, perfect for sipping on when you’re feeling nostalgic for endless summers in the outdoors.  

While it is technically a spin on the classic gin and tonic, we actually like to think that it belongs in a category all of its own. The peppery essence of the fresh herbs paired with the sweetness of the berries is something quite wonderful.  

Strawberry Basil Cocktail Recipe

This pretty drink is so easy to assemble. Here’s your fool-proof strawberry basil drink recipe: 



Sweet basil is the best option here


If you don’t have a muddling spoon, use the back of a wooden kitchen spoon


Get some local honey in the mix to add your own touch



1 Person

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

4 Oz

120 Ml

4 Parts

fresh strawberries 
5 Oz

150 Ml

5 Parts

fresh basil leaves 
0.25 Oz

7.5 Ml

0.25 Parts

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

club soda 
Lime slices or wedges to garnish 



In a cocktail shaker, muddle the fresh strawberries and basil leaves, and fill the shaker with ice


Add the gin and honey, cover the shaker and shake for one minute


Pour into a glass filled with ice


Top with the club soda and garnish with a lime wedge


Serve and enjoy!

Expert tips on making Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Use a really good gin. The best gin cocktails are made using a great base, that’s just a fact. We recommend using a London Dry Gin with a very refined distillation process. This way you provide your cocktail with a beautiful base on which you can then layer the rest of the lovely flavors.  

Stick to sweet basil. There are quite a variety of basil available in stores these days. Sweet basil is however your best bet when it comes to making cocktails. The leaves are smooth and tender, which means it muddles well.  

Muddle with care. Speaking of muddling, go gently during this step. You want to bruise the leaves to bring out the flavor without tearing it, which can result in unwanted bitter notes. 

Choose a honey produced close to where you live. Local honey is a thing of beauty — it contains foliage notes from the region in which you live, so you can use this ingredient to give your cocktail a unique localized flavor! 

Why you will love a Strawberry Basil Cocktail

The Strawberry Basil cocktail is one of very few drinks that are sweet and herbaceous at once. As such, it really tickles the ‘mind palate’ as your brain jumps from one flavor component to the next, trying to make sense of the variety of tastes and then settling into a joyous understanding of how it all fits together. What a ride! 

Substitutions & Variations

You can very easily turn this recipe into a Strawberry Basil vodka cocktail by swapping out the gin for vodka, keeping the volume the same. This is a good substitution to make if you don’t particularly like the taste of gin or would like to stick to a more neutral spirit when hosting guests with varying drink preferences.  

If you are feeling particularly inventive, you can also upgrade your cocktails using strawberry-flavored vodka by leaning into the fruity theme with even more gusto.  

Of course, you can also substitute the strawberries with just about any other soft fruit that will muddle well. This includes melon, mango, lichi, and apricots. Similarly, you could also play around with the herbaceous notes in the cocktail, swapping out cilantro or Italian parsley for basil, for instance. 

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A classic Strawberry Basil cocktail contains gin, but some people choose to make it with vodka. In cases like these, the drink will contain vodka, fresh strawberries and basil, honey, and club soda.  

When you are making a Strawberry Basil cocktail, gin makes a good spirit base instead of vodka.  

The best fruity cocktails pair well with quite savory dishes that provide an olfactory counterpoint to the innate sweetness of the drink itself. As such, you would look towards foods and snacks like cheese, nachos, beef jerky, oysters, sushi, and tacos.