Strawberry Basil Blended Cocktail

A summery six-ingredient vodka slushie with fresh strawberries, lime and basil. Easy peasy, no simple syrup required.

If you’re looking for a summer cocktail that’s not too sweet, doesn’t require a ton of fancy ingredients, but has some complexity, this is that!

There is something so refreshing about a blended, fruity cocktail on a warm day, but why is it that when you order a fruity cocktail at a restaurant, it tastes like you’re drinking sugar water?! Blech, so not for me.

So one day I was staring at a bowl full of strawberries after shopping on an empty stomach and buying *way* too many. I racked my brain in search of a way to use up all of the juicy berries, so sweet and ripe that they wouldn’t be good for too much longer.

A squeeze of lime and fresh basil leaves help cut some of that sweetness and leave you with a well-balanced drink that is just as Insta-worthy as it is tasty!

Ingredients

This is a 6-ingredient-recipe. Seriously. It’s that easy and looks way fancier than it is. Double score.

You’ll need:

  • Strawberries
  • Basil leaves
  • Vodka
  • Powdered sugar
  • Ice cubes

Wondering why powdered sugar is on this list? Honestly, I am lazy. I did not want to make a simple syrup, so I threw some powdered sugar into the mix. Definitely take a pass on regular sugar, as this would give you an unpleasant grainy texture.

You can also make simple syrup very easily with sugar and water, if you’re not lazy like this girl.

Serving

There are a few ways you could garnish:

  • Sprig of basil
  • Lime wedge
  • Lime zest
  • Lime peel
  • Strawberry

Also: Be sure to serve immediately, before the ice gets too melty and you lose that slushy texture. And, of course, enjoy!

Summery Strawberry Basil Cocktail

A summery six-ingredient vodka slushie with fresh strawberries, lime and basil. Easy peasy, no simple syrup required.
Prep Time 7 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 8 strawberries
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 3 oz. vodka or 6 tbs.
  • 1 tbsp. confectioner’s/powdered sugar
  • 1 lime
  • 10 ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Place ingredients in blender and blend until fully combined.
  • Serve immediately and garnish with strawberry, lime slice, lime peel or zest, or basil sprig. Enjoy!

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