You’ll never look at gin the same way again after you try this strawberry basil cocktail with gin, lemon, and elderflower liqueur.
Staying in the house all the time because of this pandemic has been hard on all of us. Van and I are super social people and love to go out for drinks and host or attend dinner parties.
Since we can no longer do those things, we decided to make things interesting by trying our hand at fancy cocktail mixing at home. This is where the Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail comes in.
Gin is one of those liquors that people tend to feel either really strongly for or against. The herbal flavors and bitterness can turn a lot of people off, but when you pair it with sweet fruits and liqueurs like we did in our Strawberry Basil Gin Cocktail, the result is a truly interesting and refreshing drink.
Elderflower liqueur may sound like something you’ll buy for one drink and then never use again. But it also adds an interesting layer of flavor to whatever cocktail you’re mixing and has quickly become one of our favorite additions to the classic drinks.
After you try the Strawberry Basil Cocktail, try it in our Cathead Cooler for another fantastic libation. Serve either one with a few Spiced Pecans and you’ve got the perfect happy hour!
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To make the it just put the strawberries, basil, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle it to draw the oil out of the basil leaves and the juice from the strawberries. Add the gin and elderflower liqueur and give it a good shake.
Put ice in two highball glasses and pour the gin mixture over the ice. Be sure to add the solids to the glasses as well for even more flavor and a beautiful cocktail. Then, just top it with tonic water and you’re ready for happy hour!
Another super fun idea is to set out a selection of Cocktails for Syrups (we make ours with fruit jam). Add some mixers, liquor, liquers and see what your guests can come up with.
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Strawberry Basil Cocktail with Gin
- 6 strawberries halved
- 6-8 basil leaves fresh
- 1 oz lemon juice fresh
- 3 oz gin
- 1 oz elderflower liqueur
- tonic water
- Add strawberries, basil, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Muddle.
- Add gin and liqueur and shake.
- Pour over ice in 2 highball glasses, being sure to add the solids as well.
- Top with tonic water.
This cocktail looks absolutely amazing and so refreshing! Love the strawberry and basil flavors together, thanks for the recipe!
Thank you, Cate!
Oh you have me dreaming of summer in this PNW winter! Can’t wait to try this!
Ahhh… well, strawberries are in season in late winter in our area and we think this one will be perfect for Valentines Day! Thanks, Megan.
I love gin cocktails and this one with strawberry and basil is so refreshing! Perfect for cocktail parties.
Hopefully we can have cocktail parties again soon. In the meantime, enjoy it at home with your loved ones!
What a pretty and refreshing drink this is. Pinned. I would love to make this soon.
Thanks! We hope you’ll love it.
This is a pretty looking drink, the perfect refreshing drink during summer months!
Thanks so much, rika!