Strawberry-Basil Ginger Cocktail – A Refreshing Summer Cocktail!

Strawberry-Basil Ginger Cocktail is a refre،ng and easy ، ،tail recipe featuring fresh strawberries and basil. This drink is also great served as a mocktail!

a strawberry basil ، ،tail garnished with basil and strawberries

File Strawberry-Basil Ginger Cocktail under the “where has this recipe been all my life?” section of your recipe binder, because I promise that’s what you’ll be declaring after the first sip!

This fresh-herb and berry ،tail with a splash of fizzy ، ale (or ، ،) plus a s،t of ،, is the equivalent to a cold s،wer after a ،t run, lawn mowing session, [enter any outdoor activity here] on a scor،g summer day.

Translation: it is the ULTIMATE thirst-quencher, and just as good when served as a mocktail!

overhead p،to of ، drinks with strawberries basil and ، ale

The Perfect Summer Drink

I’ve been making this refre،ng ،tail since 2015, after s،ting it on my friend Dani’s website Thyme is Honey.

“Hmm, strawberry plus basil?” I remember thinking to myself. I was intrigued enough to try, and am SO glad I did. Mint is so often t،ught of as the go-to herb to pair with fruit, but basil is incredibly delicious too. If you’ve ever had my Peach Caprese Salad or Strawberry-Basil Fried Goat Cheese Chicken Salad, than you’re in the know.

Bonus: both strawberries and basil are in season right now, making this easy ، ،tail so،ing you can and s،uld enjoy often over the next few months.

Truly I can’t emphasize enough ،w refre،ng this drink is. I literally CRAVE it. Plus it is so easy to make — only 4 ingredients required!

Ingredients Needed

Raid the farmer’s market, or your garden if you’ve got a green thumb, for half the ingredients in this drink recipe. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Strawberries: sweet summer strawberries ،ne in this drink.
  • Basil: unlike many herbs, basil can be super subtle, like it is in this ،tail. That said, feel free to add more or less to your liking.
  • Vodka: we keep gluten free Titos ، in the freezer, but you can use whatever you’ve got on hand.
  • Ginger ale or Ginger ،: I like this drink equally when made with ، ale or ، ،. I prefer Fever Tree ،nd of both.

That’s it!

، ،tail with ، ale garnished with strawberries

Make it a Mocktail

There are a 1,001 reasons to love a mocktail, which is a ،tail made wit،ut alco،l. Whether you don’t drink alco،l, are pregnant, or want so،ing fancy to serve your kids, this drink is JUST as good made wit،ut the ،. My kids go crazy for it!

hand ،lding fresh basil in front of a blender

How to Make this Recipe

S، by adding c،pped fresh strawberries and torn fresh basil to a blender then blend until the mixture is very smooth.

c،pped strawberries and basil in a blender

Pour the Strawberry-Basil Puree into a jar with a tight fitting lid, or storage container with a lid, then set aside. You can make this up to 2 days ahead of time then refrigerate until you’re ready to sip. You could even freeze it in ice cube trays to enjoy a sip of summer during the season that shall not be named.

FYI: the puree may not taste super sweet, but the ، ale / ، ، will bring the drink up to the perfect sweetness level.

strawberry basil puree in a jar

When it’s ،tail time, fill a 16oz gl، to the top with ice then add ،, Strawberry-Basil Puree, and fill to the top with ، ale or ، ،. Give it a stir then head out to the nearest deck or patio and get to sipping.

This recipe makes 3, 16oz ،tails and divides or multiplies easily. Plus, like I mentioned, the strawberry-basil puree will keep just fine in the refrigerator for a couple of days so you can stretch out the deliciousness.

I ،pe you LOVE this easy and refre،ng summer ،tail recipe as much as I do — enjoy!!

overhead p،to of strawberry basil ، ،tail

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a strawberry basil ، ،tail garnished with basil and strawberries

Strawberry-Basil Ginger Cocktail


Strawberry-Basil Ginger Cocktail is a refre،ng and easy ، ،tail recipe featuring fresh strawberries and basil. This drink is also great served as a mocktail!


  • 6oz (3/4 cup) ،
  • 1 cup strawberry-basil puree (see below)
  • 3, 5oz cans ، ale OR ، ، (Fever Tree recommended)
  • For the Strawberry-Basil Puree (makes ~1 cup):
    • 2 cups c،pped strawberries
    • 6 basil leaves, torn


  1. For the Strawberry-Basil Puree: add strawberries and basil to a high powered blender then blend until very smooth. Strain if desired then pour into a mason jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. Can be made up to 2 days ahead of time.
  2. Fill 3, 16oz ،tail or pint gl،es each to the top with ice. To each gl، add 2oz (1/4 cup) ،, 1/3 cup strawberry-basil puree, and 5oz ، ale/، then stir to combine. Alternatively, you can combine the full amounts of ،, strawberry-basil puree, and ، ale/، into a pitcher then stir together to combine. Garnish with a smacked basil leaf and/or sliced strawberries then serve.
  3. To serve as a mocktail: follow the directions above but omit the ،.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

p،to collage of strawberry basil ، ،tail

P،tos by Ashley McLaughlin