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Strawberry Basil Rum Smash

Strawberry Basil Rum Smash #TheIncredibleHull

I never really knew why they called certain drinks a “smash” until I made this. I smashed or muddled the strawberries and basil leaves on the bottom and then added the basil simple syrup, lemon juice and rum! The result is one tasty Strawberry Basil Rum Smash! To be honest, I’m not really sure if that is why they call it a smash, but it sounds really good, right?

Strawberry Basil Rum Smash #TheIncredibleHull

This is another recipe for The Incredible Hull (#TheIncredibleHull) sponsored by OXO and Driscoll’s. There is a giveaway happening until the end of the week for some berry related OXO tools, a $70.00 OXO.com gift card and a year worth of free berries (in the form of coupons!) from Driscoll’s! Head on over to yesterdays post about the life changing Strawberry Shortcake Pancake recipe to enter to win!

Strawberry Basil Rum Smash #TheIncredibleHull

Once I added the other ingredients, the fruit filled bottom floated to the top. I added a sliced strawberry to the mix and another fresh basil leaf. As a garnish, I slid a whole strawberry that wasn’t hulled to the rim of the glass. This really added a touch of summer to the whole drink, if I do say so myself. I’m thrilled that summer is upon us and strawberry season is full swing in some areas of the world. The north east still has some catching up to do but we are almost there!

Strawberry Basil Rum Smash #TheIncredibleHull


Strawberry Basil Rum Smash

For this recipe I used the basic simple syrup recipe found in this rosemary infused simple syrup post. If you use that recipe, replace the rosemary with basil leaves. You will have some simple syrup left over so feel free to make extra drinks or store in a mason jar for later!

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 05 min

Cook Time: 05 min

Total Time: 10 min


simple syrup:
1 cup unrefined sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup basil leaves

8 berries
8 basil leaves
1/2 cup simple syrup
juice of 1 lemon
4 oz or 1 jigger of rum


simple syrup:
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat on medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add the basil leaves and let steep for 5-10 minutes.

Strain simple syrup into a bowl and remove basil leaves and disgard.

Slice and add 4 berries to each glass with 4 basil leaves. Muddle the berries and basil together using a muddler.

Add the lemon juice, simple syrup and rum to a cocktail shaker and shake 4-5 times until combined. Pour into glasses over ice and serve. Add another sliced strawberry to the drink and a whole strawberry to the rim of the glass as a garnish.


Rosemary Simple Syrup

Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup – This recipe is so tasty. I love the fresh rosemary in it! This is basically the exact recipe used in the above drink, just with basil in place of the rosemary. Feel free to use any other herb or maybe in flowers! Violet simple syrup sounds kind of great! Use mint, basil, rosemary, or sage!

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Blood Orange Rosemary Cocktail – This drink was da bomb. I’d seriously suggest paring the rosemary simple syrup with blood oranges and it is so pretty in pink!

Basil and Bourbon Pomegranate Cocktail

Basil and Bourbon Pomegranate Cocktail – This drink is a real winner. Perfectly paired with my favorite lady, bourbon. You wouldn’t think bourbon is a lady but in my head, she is.

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Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. This post is sponsored by OXO and Driscoll’s. I was sent free product but was not paid to endorse these brands. My opinions are 100% my own.

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13 Responses to “Strawberry Basil Rum Smash”

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — May 20, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I’m afraid I can’t drink stuff like this, but I love your photos! I’m so glad to have stumbled upon your blog! <3

  2. #
    Julie — May 20, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I just did a muddled strawberry – lime -vodka cocktail and it was so good…I want to make all of the muddled strawberry drinks. Definitely need to try this!

  3. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — May 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    That looks like the perfect summer sipper

  4. #
    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    What a great combo – strawberries and basil! I bet it’s delicious!

  5. #
    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — May 20, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    oh yes. pass me a glass, please!

  6. #
    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — May 20, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Tis the season for fruity adult drinks. I love this!

  7. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — May 21, 2014 at 6:05 am

    I can see myself sitting on the back porch in the evening having a glass of this… yum!!

  8. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — May 21, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Mmm now that’s one delicious looking cocktail

  9. #
    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — May 21, 2014 at 10:02 am

    Love this, perfect for this upcoming holiday weekend! 🙂

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — May 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Yes, please! Strawberry and Basil is one of my very favorite combinations. And rum just makes everything better. 😉

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — May 21, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I love this basil simple syrup! Basil is one of my favorite scents. I could just sniff basil all day. Weird? Maybe…. Pairing it with strawberry is like, the best thing ever! I can’t wait to try this. Perfect summer drink!

  12. #
    Angie — May 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    This drink looks so refreshing, wish I had one right now!


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