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strawberry cocktail in highball glass with strawberry and basil garnish

Strawberry Basil Smash – Smashed by Noon

Heather Wibbels
Elevate your weekend smash by topping this flavorful, sweet combination of strawberries, lemon and basil with a touch of champagne.
5 from 2 votes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium fresh strawberries (or frozen and thawed)
  • ¾ oz champagne simple syrup**
  • ½ lemon quartered
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 2 oz rye
  • 2-4 oz sparking wine
  • Garnish: fresh basil and strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Put the strawberries, lemon and simple syrup in the bottom of your shaking tin and muddle until the juice from both the strawberries and lemons has been expressed from the fruit and is combined with the simple syrup. Roughly tear the basil leaves, drop them in the shaker and muddle again, but not too roughly. Basil’s a delicate herb.
  • Next add the rye, fill with ice and shake vigorously until the shaker is so cold it’s hard to keep going.
  • If you’re serving it in a coupe or martini glass, double strain into your chilled cocktail glass and top with sparkling wine. If you’re serving it on the rocks, feel free to dump the whole shaker in a large rocks or highball glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish for both is a bit of basil and strawberry.

Notes

Champagne Simple Syrup: combine 1 cup leftover champagne and 1 cup of sugar in small saucepan on the stove. Heat gently over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool and store in the fridge. Amazing simple to use in whiskey or gin cocktails, and makes a kickass fresh lemonade.
Keyword basil, champagne, lemon, quarantine cocktail, sparkling wine, strawberry, whiskey smash
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