Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

It’s getting hot outside and you need something to cool you down! How about a Strawberry Basil Cocktail?! I’ve never been big on alcohol, but I like to sip on a little somethin’, somethin’ every now and then. Especially because I have a husband who’s really into spirits. So much so, he recently started a podcast, Narratives Over Wine and Whiskey (Narr.o.w.).

He talks about a wide variety of topics, but as you might be able to guess he also talks about his favorite ABC store finds! It’s not often that we work together, but quarantine gave us a reason to do so. Not to mention, we knew you needed a new summer bevy, so here ya go! We’re calling it the ‘Brown Berry Basil.’

How to Make a Strawberry Basil Drink

When we came up with the recipe for this Strawberry Basil Cocktail, it was important to us that this drink be made easily. No fancy tools or equipment, just a few things you likely already have at home. Making this Strawberry Basil Cocktail was so simple. With just a few ingredients you’ll be summer sippin’ in no time! All you need to do is add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until just combined.

Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

The end result might remind you of a slightly less icy spiked slushy depending on how long you mix it for in the blender. The taste however will be sweet from the strawberries, a hint of tang from the lemon and a bit of freshness from the basil. What’s not to love?

Wanna know my favorite part about this drink? It’s #PickyAssHusbandApproved! You may have guessed that it would be since we worked on it together. Because I’m not a big drinker and I usually prefer sweeter cocktails it’s rare that we actually like the same drink. However, this one works for the both of us!

Which Type of Bourbon Works Best?

I’m no bourbon connoisseur, but my husband is so I asked him. If you want a good quality drink, you have to use quality bourbon. For this particular drink, we used Four Roses Bourbon, which is vegan-friendly!

As a person who doesn’t really care for the taste of alcohol, I could barely taste its presence in the drink! It’s not too strong or overpowering, which makes it a perfect fit for me. If you’re interested in a more pronounced taste, you can always add in another shot (or two… or three). It’s up to you!

Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Bourbon wasn’t our original choice, as we experimented with a few other spirits we thought would go well with this combination. None of them tasted as good as the bourbon. We decided on this whiskey, because bourbon is actually native to the United States, making it pretty common to find and also customize (bourbon is a type of whiskey). So if you have a favorite brand that’s not flavored, you can definitely use it here!

I know you’ll love this Strawberry Basil Cocktail ! It’s fruity with a hint of basil, a splash of lemon with a little bourbon to set it off. Give this Strawberry Basil Cocktail recipe a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

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5 from 15 votes

Easy Strawberry Basil Cocktail

This Strawberry Basil Cocktail is the perfect summer drink! Sweetened with perfectly ripe strawberries, a hint of basil and splash of your favorite bourbon!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Basil, Bourbon, Cocktail, Strawberry
Prep Time 6 minutes
Blend Time 1 minute
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp organic cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice save lemon peel for garnish (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped leaves fresh basil plus more for garnish
  • shots of bourbon or more to taste
  • 1 heaping cup of ice plus more for serving


  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until just combined. Should appear somewhat slushy-like.
  • Once finished serve over ice and garnish with lemon peel (optional) and fresh basil.
  • Enjoy!


  1. Denise Severino

    5 stars
    i love it

  2. 5 stars
    This cocktail was a hit! The strawberry and basil combination is SO delicious and makes this drink refreshing! I will be making this again!

  3. 5 stars
    Strawberry, basil and bourbon was the perfect mix for my zoom brunch. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    This cocktail was a great start to my weekend! Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    This was exactly what I needed! I added half of the bourbon – mostly because I am a lightweight haha. This was the perfect summer drink to have over the weekend.

  6. 5 stars
    I’m always EATING strawberry with basil something or other, but DRINKING them?!?! Where has this recipe been all of my life. Thanks for starting a new obsession.

  7. 5 stars
    Such an easy and delicious cocktail recipe. You can hardly taste the bourbon- which can get dangerous! Lol!

  8. 5 stars
    OMG there are no words to describe how good this drink was. This is definitely my new go to summer cocktail

  9. 5 stars
    I love a good refreshing cocktail and this is my summer favorite cocktail!!

  10. 5 stars
    Loved, this is such a great summer cocktail the fresh strawberries and basil make it so refreshing

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is seriously so refreshing and delicious!

  12. 5 stars
    Love the strawberry basil combo! So unique! This looks especially refreshing. Thank you for sharing

  13. Capri Lilly

    5 stars
    I love the flavor of strawberries and basil mixed together. This drink is just so refreshing!

  14. 5 stars
    This is a very delicious and refreshing drink. The basil really compliments the strawberries.

  15. 5 stars
    I’m particular about alcohol, especially bourbon, so I used my favorite sipping expression in this recipe and it’s so good. Hard to come by a refreshing bourbon cocktail but this is it!

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