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strawberry basil vodka cocktail in a short glass garnished with a basil leaf and strawberry
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Strawberry-Basil Vodka Cocktail

Fruity, light and refreshing! This Strawberry Basil Vodka Cocktail is an all-time favorite cocktail. Herbaceous and delicious, with a few natural ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, cocktail, strawberries, vodka
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Elise Shivamber


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Shaker


  • 2 OZ KetelOne Cucumber & Mint Vodka
  • 1 OZ Simple Syrup
  • 2 Strawberries hulled and stems removed
  • 2 Basil Leaves washed thoroughly
  • 2 OZ Lemon Juice (about 1 lemon)


Shaken Method

  • Lightly muddle the strawberries, basil and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until strawberries are almost like a purée.
  • Pour the vodka, simple syrup and ice into the shaker.
  • Shake for 30-seconds.
  • Strain over a cup with fresh ice cubes.
  • Garnish with a strawberry and basil.

Stirred Method (for pitchers or no shaker)

  • Lightly muddle the strawberries, basil and lemon juice in your glass. Muddle until strawberries are almost like a purée.
  • Add the vodka, simple syrup and ice.
  • Stir.
  • Strain over a glass with fresh ice cubes or keep as a pulpy cocktail.
  • Garnish with strawberry and basil.


  • Vodka. I love flavored vodka, so I pair my Cucumber-Mint combo with this recipe. Substitute for any flavored vodka or unflavored. Or even try with gin or rum.
  • Strawberries. Substitute for your favorite mixed berry option.
  • Fresh Basil. Substitute for mint.
  • Lemon Juice. You can substitute for lime juice, but it does make this cocktail more tart.
  • Simple Syrup. Simple syrup helps add a sweetness to this fruity cocktail. Substitute for honey, maple syrup or agave. 
TIP! You can always make your own simple syrup by combining equal parts water and sugar in a small pot on the stove. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and then let cool.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg