I served this cocktail for the first time at a wedding shower and it was a hit! Since then I make it whenever strawberries are in season. I have substituted raspberries when I had them on hand and it was great!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 cocktail
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Ingredients

1
Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the strawberry basil leaves, and sugar into a cocktail shaker, and mash well with a cocktail muddler. Add half of the ice to the cocktail shaker, and place the rest into a tall glass. Pour in the gin and lemon juice, cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into the chilled glass over the ice, top with the club soda, and stir to serve.

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Editor's Note:

For garnish listed in the magazine version, cut a lengthwise slice from 1 strawberry. Top with a basil leaf about the same size as the strawberry slice. Thread a cocktail pick through strawberry slice and basil leaf, pinning basil leaf in place. Put on rim of glass.

Nutrition Facts

186 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 11g; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2009
Oh my God! I would give this 10 stars if I could! I love fruity drinks in the summer but margaritas and daquiri's can get that way too sweet or too tart taste. This was the perfect balance of sweet and tart but also really fresh. My husband even loved it. He said the fresh basil reminded him of when his mom would add fresh mint to iced tea when he was a kid. A new summer staple for us! Oh and we also dont usually like gin. We've got two bottles left from our wedding 3 years ago and havent used a drop. Thanks for a wonderful way to use it up that we really love! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2010
Sorry but I didn't like this cocktail at all. Very strong it tasted just like a strong strawberry flavoured carbonated water. Strawberry Mojito is much better in comparison with it. Sorry maybe just not my kind. Read More
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33 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2009
Oh my God! I would give this 10 stars if I could! I love fruity drinks in the summer but margaritas and daquiri's can get that way too sweet or too tart taste. This was the perfect balance of sweet and tart but also really fresh. My husband even loved it. He said the fresh basil reminded him of when his mom would add fresh mint to iced tea when he was a kid. A new summer staple for us! Oh and we also dont usually like gin. We've got two bottles left from our wedding 3 years ago and havent used a drop. Thanks for a wonderful way to use it up that we really love! Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2010
Sorry but I didn't like this cocktail at all. Very strong it tasted just like a strong strawberry flavoured carbonated water. Strawberry Mojito is much better in comparison with it. Sorry maybe just not my kind. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
This was a very refreshing and delicious cocktail especially if you like fresh strawberries. The basil really set it off nicely. Perfect!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2010
Delish! Also excellent if substituted with a good quality vodka like Belvedere instead of the gin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2011
Outstanding recipe! Just begs to be named Strawberry Fields Forever... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2011
Awesome recipe....even had the boys drinking a few!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/03/2009
I substituted about 8 fresh blueberries instead of a strawberry and it was DELICIOUS! The basil adds a nice earthy flavor that definitely complements the gin. I think I found my new party drink! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2010
This is tasty I think even more so if you substitute mint for the basil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2009
Such a lovely and refreshing cocktail. I love fresh basil in the summer and look for any chance to use it. I think it pairs well with the tangy sweetness of strawberries and the floral aromatics of gin. I did play around with some of the measurements to make it more my taste--3 strawberries 3 basil leaves 3 tsp sugar and the rest stays the same. Delicious!! Read More
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