Strawberry Smash Cocktail

The Strawberry Smash cocktail actually does involve smashing strawberries, or more precisely, muddling them. With basil. And then you add to that vodka, lemon and a bit of agave nectar, and you’ve got a fabulous summer cocktail. This one comes from The Fillmore Room in NYC.

Strawberr Smash drink in glass next to pitcher of same

The dominant flavor here is definitely strawberry, and using muddled fruit makes it taste so refreshing. Basil has a slightly peppery taste that contrasts with the strawberry and actually brings out its flavor. The whole concoction is one of those “summertime in a glass” cocktails that are just perfect on warm days.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce agave nectar
  • 2 large, ripe strawberries with stems removed
  • 2 basil leaves

Muddle the strawberries and basil in a shaker. Add ice and the rest of the ingredients, and shake. Pour the mixture into a wine glass or 12 ounce Mason jar. Garnish with a sprig of basil.