Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic


Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic //

I was going start this paragraph by saying, “Cocktail season is here!” But then I stopped myself because we all know that it’s always cocktail season on this blog. Duh. This cocktail in particular is seasonal, I suppose, though I see nothing wrong with using frozen strawberries, making this drank doable year-round.

Sure this looks like a pretty simple strawberry basil situation mixed with some gin, but I can assure you it’s a bit more special. I can’t get near strawberries without thinking of adding a dash of black pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It’s just too easy! So this cocktail has a bit of weird stuff added to it, but do you expect any less from me? No, you don’t.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic //

In other news, thanks for all your concern with Amelia. I’m happy to report that she’s back to barking a lot, stealing shoes, drinking my afternoon tea when I’m not looking and so on. So she’s better.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic //

Tuesday was a scary night that involved only a few hours of sleep and me trying to recall every single bit of food she ate. Of course, she’s known to eat all sorts of things off the ground. Just a few weeks ago I turned around at the park and she had her snout in old Chinese take out. Why someone left that much chicken lo-mein is beyond me, but Amelia was super grateful about it.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic //

Back to this cocktail thingy…

This whole thing starts with macerating the strawberries in a bit of white sugar, salt, black pepper and balsamic vinegar; and then letting them chill for 15 minutes or so. This gets the strawberries going! The entire mixture is blended and then strained. (The straining is totally optional, I just don’t like all those seeds).

I had no muddler. But that’s ok because it’s easy to improvise. The back of a wooden spoon did the trick just fine. A lot of herbs’ flavor comes from the stems so be sure to mash the stems thoroughly. And since I love the little basil flowers, I added those as garnish on the top. It’s effervescent, refreshing and slightly sweet.

Here’s to a cute weekend.

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic //

Strawberry Basil Gin and Tonic

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Serving Size: 4 cocktails


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, no reason frozen can't be substituted, hulled and sliced
  • Scant 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • 4-6 ounces of your favorite gin, my used St. George's Gin


  • In a medium bowl, add the strawberries, along with the sugar, pinch of salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Allow the strawberries to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. To a blender, add the strawberries and all their juices. Pulse until the mixture resembles a puree. Give it a taste and adjust the sugar accordingly. Run the mixture through a sieve, discarding the seeds and pulp. You should end up with a scant 1/2 cup.
  • To assemble the cocktail, divide the basil leaves between glasses. Muddle the basil leaves, being sure to press the stems, with a muddler (or you can use the back of a wooden spoon). Fill all the glasses with ice cubes. Pour in 1 to 2 ounces of gin, 2 to 3 tablespoons of strawberry mixture and top with tonic. Give the mixture a good stir and garnish with basil flowers and a few turns of freshly ground pepper.
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  • Reply Laerke April 17, 2014 at 12:46 am

    AMAZING drink! Will me making this tonight for sure. Gin, strawberries, basil – my favorite things! I think you forgot tonic water on the ingredient list, confused me a little – but then it’s in the description so now I’m not confused anymore 🙂

    Good to hear that Amelia is doing better, my dog eats everything off the ground too, and sometimes that causes stomach flus with her too – I usually give her a little unsweetened plain yoghurt, I’ve heard that the bacteria in the yoghurt are good for the stomach.

    happy easter from copenhagen!

  • Reply dishing up the dirt April 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

    This is cocktail perfection! Can’t wait for happy hour on the back porch tonight. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Chrissy April 12, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I LOVE this especially the balsamic addition.


  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    So pretty, I love strawberry basil anything!

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