A strawberry basil gin smash in a highball glass, the best cocktail recipe for summer or the fourth of July

Strawberry Basil Gin Smash Recipe

This Strawberry Basil Gin Smash Recipe is as tasty as it is beautiful. Perfect for summer sipping!

Everybody needs a neighbor who delivers cocktails to your door. We are lucky enough to have those neighbors, and they’ve shared their drink recipe with us today!

It’s bound to put a summer smile on your face and a kick in your step.

Gin Strawberry Cocktail

This gin and strawberry cocktail is the perfect way to use your fresh crop of basil and celebrate the bounty of your berry picking. That’s what Jenn and Rob did, and they picked enough strawberries for the whole neighborhood.

Easy Gin Cocktail

I’m typically not one to make a mixed drink, but this drink comes together quickly! Honestly. The delicious taste and vibrant colors are rewarding and so worth it!


Here’s what you’ll need to buy to get the PARTAY started. (For the complete recipe with measurements, scroll a little further down the page.)

Simple Syrup or Stevia
Club Soda

Here’s how to make Jenn and Rob’s Strawberry Basil Gin Smash Recipe:

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Club soda pouring into a strawberry basil gin smash in a highball glass, the best cocktail recipe for summer or the fourth of July

Strawberry Basil Gin Smash Recipe

  • Author: Cindy
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x


A delicious, lightly sweetened, bubbly cocktail. Perfect for celebrating warm weather or really anything at all! Affiliate links are underlined.


Units Scale

6 medium-size strawberries, quartered
4 basil leaves
5 oz gin
2 oz lime juice
1 oz simple syrup or stevia to taste


Wash, hull, and quarter the strawberries.
Add the berries and basil to a cocktail shaker and muddle together.
Add gin, lime juice, and simple syrup (or stevia). Stir.
Using a slotted spoon, scoop the fruit out and transfer it to the bottom of two high ball glasses.
Add ice, then pour the contents of the cocktail shaker over.
Top with club soda. Stir, serve and enjoy!
Garnish with a slice of lime, a strawberry, or fresh basil (optional)


If you don’t have a muddler or a cocktail shaker, use the back of a spoon and a bowl.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Alcohol, Cocktail, Gin, Summer Drink

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Bar Tools and Accessories

Cocktail tools are not necessary for this drink but they do come in handy and are a fun thing to add to your arsenal if you plan on making more mixed drinks.

Here’s the short list of tools you’ll want to invest in if you want to become a mixologist.

A Muddler for Mixed Drinks

For cocktails similar to a Strawberry Basil Smash or Mojito, you will want a muddler to process the herbs.

The term “muddling” refers to the technique used in mixed drinks to gently mash herbs or fruit to release their juices. This helps the flavors to bind with the alcohol better than simply using them whole.

A muddler helps you to do this gently because if you bruise the herbs that will release a chemical that can damage the taste of your cocktail.

Muddlers are available in a variety of different finishes, including wood, stainless steel, and silicone. Choose a design that fits your bar or kitchen design.

The best muddler is long enough to reach the bottom of a tall glass, cocktail shaker, or mixing pitcher and has a comfortable handle. Below is a great steel muddler from OXO on Amazon. (affiliate link)

OXO Steel Muddler


The Cocktail Shaker

The shaker is perhaps the quintessential and well-known bar accessory. The two most common types are the Cobbler Cocktail Shaker and the Boston Shaker.

The Cobbler-style shaker is a good choice for people making cocktails at home, but the Boston shaker is typically a bartender’s choice because of its versatility and size.

The Cobbler Cocktail Shaker is a 3 piece shaker, consisting of the main container, a lid with a built-in strainer, and a cap to cover the strainer holes while shaking.

Cobbler shakers are the easiest to use and tend to have a smaller volume so they are probably the best cocktail shaker for beginners.

Below is a nice premium bar set from Amazon that includes a muddler and a Cobbler cocktail shaker. (affiliate link)

Cocktail Shaker Bartender Set

The Boston Cocktail Shaker is usually the choice of the professionals.

This shaker consists of 2 parts, a metal vessel, and a pint glass to cover the top and create the seal. With a larger size than the Cobbler shaker, more drinks can be shaken at once.

It’s also advantageous for a bar setting because it’s easier to clean, and stack. Below is a premium brand Boston cocktail shaker set from Amazon. (affiliate link)

Boston Shaker Cocktail Making Set


Healthy Cocktail

The Strawberry Basil Gin Smash can be more than just a guilty pleasure. It delivers nutrients and can be tweaked further to be even healthier.

Wholesome Ingredients 

For starters, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K. They also provide a dose of fiber, folic acid, manganese, and potassium. Strawberries contain significant amounts of phytonutrients and flavonoids.

Similarly, basil is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, and C, manganese, and iron. It also contains calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

Keto or Low Carb Friendly Sweetener Alternatives 

If you follow a Keto or Low Carbohydrate diet plan, try a natural sugar alternative instead of the simple syrup in the recipe.

I tried this simple switch and used Stevia. The recipe was still amazingly delicious!

Stevia brands such as Sweetleaf stevia, NuNaturals NuStevia White Stevia Powder, or Truvia are great alternatives to cane sugar, don’t spike your blood sugar, and taste great.

SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener

NuStevia Stevia

Truvia Sweetener

I hope you try this Strawberry Basil Gin Smash recipe this summer. Here in Minnesota, strawberries and basil are now in season, so I don’t mind if I do. Join me and start celebrating the 4th of July today.


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