Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash
May 22, 2020

Straight from the kitchen of Jaana Moilanen, Wolf Trap’s Manager of Special Events Catering, this refreshing cocktail is perfect for spring and early summer—when delicious local strawberries are in season! The delightful drink’s bright colors and sweet strawberry scent summon memories of summer picnics and cookouts.

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash (serves 1)

  • ¼ Cup fresh strawberries cut into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon of simple syrup
  • 4-5 Fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • Ice
  • Sparkling Water

1. Put the chopped strawberries, lemon juice, simple syrup, and basil leaves in a cocktail glass. Using a muddler, smash them together until most of the strawberry pieces are pureed and the basil is fragrant. If you don’t have a muddler, a wooden spoon will work for this.

2. Add crushed ice and bourbon.

3. Top off with sparkling water, stir gently to mix, and enjoy!

“This cocktail works well with a variety of fresh berries and herbs. Blueberries would also go well with the basil and lemon, and I’ve made it with blackberries and mint. Try it out with your favorite berries and herbs—cheers to summer!”

A Note from Jaana

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