If you've never made a cocktail with herbs before, start with this recipe. It's a simple smash that results in a refreshing concoction with a beautiful color. Since basil is a mild and somewhat floral herb, it doesn't overpower the drink. The sweetness comes from juicy strawberries while fresh, naturally acidic lemons add a nice tartness. The recipe calls for gin, but if you're not a fan of the botanical spirit, use vodka instead. This libation is an ideal Summer sipper, so get the method now.
2 ripe strawberries, hulled, plus 1 for garnish Makes 1 drink.
4 lemon wedges
2 basil leaves, plus 1 for garnish
1 ounce simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces gin
2 ripe strawberries, hulled, plus 1 for garnish
Makes 1 drink.