Strawberry Gin Smash
We have another smashing good drink — the Strawberry Gin Smash. Combining strawberry, basil, and a little sweetness, then finishing with a splash of gin, makes for one smooth libation.
The smash cocktail is over a century old, and probably one of the easiest drinks to make. Besides a spirit, it usually consists of seasonal fruit, and an herb, along with a sweetener, over ice.
Test Kitchen Tip
If you don’t want strawberry bits in your drink, strain the syrup after it’s had a chance to cool.
Heat chopped strawberries, water, sugar, and basil leaves in a saucepan over high to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer syrup until sugar dissolves and flavors infuse, 10 minutes; crush strawberries with a potato masher. Let strawberry syrup cool to room temperature; discard basil leaves, transfer to a pitcher, and chill until ready to serve.
Stir gin and lemon juice into strawberry syrup; divide among four glasses filled with crushed ice and top with desired amount of club soda.
Garnish drinks with basil, whole strawberries, and lemon slices.
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 0%
Carbs 23g 7%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.