Skinny Strawberry Basil Smash

1 May

Alcohol is topic a lot of us health nuts like to sweep under the rug, as it’s really not like, super wonderful for you. 

Sometimes though, a drink comes calling, and you do what you gotta do.

My opinion is generally pretty consistent about things that are enjoyable but not wonderful for us: enjoy in moderation. Because let’s be honest- never having a cupcake, a cheeseburger, or a glass of wine is kind of unfun.


So today I was at the market and saw this gorgeous basil spilling out of its little planter, and my first thought was “I want that in a cocktail.” Which I realize is probably a weird thing to pop into one’s thoughts after seeing an herb at Trader Joe’s, but it was a long day. Anyway, I bought the basil with full intentions of giving cocktail  hour a little makeover: basil is full of Vitamin K, and we’re going to add strawberries, lemon, and lime to get solid dose of Vitamin C. At very least, you can say you’re doing a little something good for yourself 😉

Basil and strawberry are sort of meant to be….they taste amazing paired together, plus. strawberries are just starting to come into season so the natural sweetness means you can opt of our sweetener altogether if you want.

Strawberry Basil Smash

Makes one cocktail


3-4 Strawberries

2-3 medium basil leaves

1.5 shots of vodka

Homemade Sprite, compliments of The Skinny Confidential <-(I happened to stumble upon this one day and it made my life):  2 cups sparkling water. 1 packet of Stevia (feel free to sub a little coconut sugar if you don’t like Stevia), 1 lemon, juiced and 1 lime, juiced for , to taste. You’ll have leftover but you may want it the next day, because these go down easily!


1. Make your homemade Sprite – which entails mixing the sparkling water, citrus juices, and stevia (or coconut sugar). Boom.

2. In a glass, muddle strawberries and basil.

3. Add vodka

4. Add Sprite to taste.

5. Garnish with basil/strawberries/lemon slices, or don’t.

6. Serve over ice.

basil - use

bowl use

smash use





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