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Strawberry basil cocktail in a glass.
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Strawberry Basil Cocktail

Strawberry basil cocktail is a light and refreshing summer cocktail made with rum, fresh strawberries, and basil leaves. It's super easy to make and so delicious - you will want to sip on it all summer long!
Course cocktail
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
cooling time 13 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 282kcal
Author Aleksandra


strawberry basil simple syrup (makes more, enough for 3 drinks):

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 strawberries
  • 4 large basil leaves

for one large drink:

  • 1 3/4 ounces strawberry basil simple syrup (see above) 45 ml
  • 1 1/2 ounces lemon juice freshly squeezed, 45 ml
  • 3 ounces white rum 90 ml
  • 4 strawberries divided
  • 4 basil leaves divided
  • 3 ounces sparkling water 90 ml, or still water
  • a couple of ice cubes


  • Make the syrup: add water, sugar, sliced strawberries, and torn basil leaves into a small pot. Cook over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. While the syrup is coming to a boil, muddle (mash) the strawberries using a muddler or a wooden spoon to break up the strawberries and infuse the syrup with strawberry and basil flavor. Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer, discard the strawberry pulp and basil leaves. Leave to cool.
  • Make the drink: add simple syrup, lemon juice, rum, 3 sliced strawberries, and 2 basil leaves into a short drink glass. Muddle (mash) the strawberries and basil just slightly to break them up and release the flavor.
  • Top with sparkling water, ice cubes, stir to combine. Add the remaining 1 strawberry (sliced) and 2 basil leaves for decoration.
  • Adjust the sweet-sour flavors if necessary by adding more lemon juice if the drink is too sweet or more syrup if the drink is too sour.
  • Enjoy!


  • Serve these drinks with teaspoons on the side - the boozy strawberries are delicious to eat from the drink.
  • Please note that my glass was quite big, if you have a smaller glass reduce the amounts of ingredients.
  • You can also use lime juice, but a little bit less (it's more sour).
  • Be careful, this cocktail is really easy to drink!
  • Calories = 1 drink. This is only an estimate!


Calories: 282kcal