A splash of bubbles in these Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails takes your summer sipping to a tasty new level!
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Summer strawberries just can’t be beat.
We look forward to sweet summer berries all year long. You just can’t beat those freshly picked, juicy, ruby-red-all-the-way-through summer strawberries.
Normally we eat them hand over fist if we go berry picking. And you’ll definitely find us making this Strawberry Layer Cake and these Balsamic Roasted Strawberries on repeat during berry season.
So we decided to combine them with one of our favorite spirits, vodka, to make these thirst-quenching Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails. A little bit fruity, a little bit bubbly and a whole lot flavorful, these summer vodka cocktails are ideal for warm weather happy hours on the patio.
The ingredient list for these cocktails is fairly straightforward though we do throw in a few extra ingredients for maximum flavor:
- Strawberries - Use the ripest berries you can as they are easier to muddle than less ripe ones.
- Fresh basil leaves - Did you know that strawberries and basil are a flavor match made in heaven? The herbal hint from the basil adds a lovely but subtle dimension to the cocktail.
- Fresh lemon juice - Nearly every cocktail can benefit from a bit of acid, and this Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail is no exception.
- Simple syrup - If you don’t make your own simple syrup, you definitely should. Not that it tastes any different from the store bought variety, but it is infinitely less expensive to make on your own. Got sugar? Got water? Boil until sugar has dissolved and you’ve got simple syrup. Otherwise, bottles of simple syrup are readily available at the liquor store.
- Vodka - Most people have a preferred vodka brand so use whatever is your favorite.
- Elderflower liqueur - You didn’t think we’d make a cocktail without sneaking this in, did you? ? Elderflower liqueur is our love language. (Not familiar with it? We’ve got a great guide that explains all about it and some tasty ways to use it.)
- Prosecco - A bit of bubbles keeps this vodka cocktail from being too heavy. And that’s just what you
wantneed on a hot summer day.
Start by taking the green tops off those berries. Pop them in a cocktail shaker along with the basil leaves, lemon juice and simple syrup and gently muddle to release the berry and basil flavors.
If prefer a super smooth cocktail, take the extra step of straining the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh sieve to eliminate any pulpy bits that might sneak into your glass via the cocktail shaker. Personally I don’t mind a bit of berry chunk, so I don’t usually bother with this step.
Add ice to your cocktail shaker and pour in the vodka and elderflower liqueur. Shake for at least 20 seconds before pouring into ice filled low ball glasses.
Top each glass with prosecco and gently stir to combine. Garnish with fresh berries and basil leaves.
- A muddler is key to infusing the cocktail with the strawberry and basil flavors. This one has an extra long handle that works well for tall glasses and large pitchers. (Plus it comes with a long cocktail stirring spoon, too!)
- This set of measuring beakers is probably one of the most used items in my kitchen. I really should buy another set as they are always in the dishwasher when I need them.
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Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails
- 4 strawberries greens removed
- 6 basil leaves
- ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces vodka
- ½ ounce elderflower liqueur
- 1 ½ ounces prosecco
- Place strawberries, basil, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice, vodka and elderflower liqueur to shaker, cover and shake for at least 20 seconds.
- Strain cocktail into an ice-filled low ball glass and top with prosecco. Gently stir to combine and garnish with a fresh strawberry and/or basil leaves, if desired.
Nutrition info not guaranteed to be accurate.
Summer cocktails don’t get much more refreshing than these Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktails. A tasty vodka cocktail recipe!