Strawberry Basil Sparkler
Your summer date nights should not be without this Strawberry Basil Sparkler – so refreshingly good.
Hey guys!! I have another cocktail for you today as part of my Pinnacle Cocktail series!! Throughout this summer, I’m featuring some of my favorite cocktail recipes and sharing fun ways you can incorporate them into your everyday summer celebrations. Remember this Raspberry Rosewater Cocktail for Girl’s Night In? Still in love with that flavor combination.
But today, let’s talk about romantic date nights! Why? Because they are necessary in life. I made these strawberry basil sparklers on a recent date night at home with the hubby. Mr J and I don’t get to go out on dates very often. Blame it on conflicting schedules, people working weekends (ahem not me), broke grad student life and the whole virtual need to be blogging always. So when we finally do find time by ourselves, we love staying in (yes we are home bodies!) and enjoy a nice meal, drinks and some desserts.
Remember my strawberry picking escapade a few weeks ago? (Ahhhh those sweet juicy strawberries really made the start of summer blissful) This strawberry basil sparkler happened right after as I was looking for a refreshing drink but at the same time a drink that I might serve at our romantic date night later that week.
Isn’t the bold red color beautiful? The sweet juicy strawberry syrup with the herbal blend of basil makes a very refreshing summertime drink. You can make this drink by the glass (as the recipe below suggests) but I would make it by the pitcher because it is perfect to serve on any soiree!
So the next time you are planning a date night at home, consider whipping this sparkler up for you and your beau!! I used my favorite Pinnacle Whipped Vodka for these and loved how the subtle hint of whipped cream flavor made this fruity cocktail smooth!
Strawberry Basil Sparkler
Your summer date nights should not be without this Strawberry Basil Sparkler - so refreshingly good.
2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup Sparkling water or club soda A squeeze of lemon 2-3 basil leaves, chopped or torn Sliced strawberries for garnish Simple Strawberry syrup: 6-7 strawberries 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 2 oz Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
- 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup
- Sparkling water or club soda
- A squeeze of lemon
- 2-3 basil leaves, chopped or torn
- Sliced strawberries for garnish
Simple Strawberry syrup:
- 6-7 strawberries
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- To make the simple syrup: In a glass cup, muddle together the strawberries and granulated sugar until strawberries break down and juices run. Pass mixture through a fine sieve and collect juices.
- In a tall glass, combine lemon juice and basil leaves. Muddle together. Stir in strawberry syrup and vodka. Add crushed or cracked ice cubes to glass and fill up with sparkling water. Garnish with strawberries and a basil leaf.
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I wish I could get whipped vodka without paying £35 a bottle. I love the basil strawberry combo so this drink is defo up my street!
Urghh that is so much. This was not even half that prize. Is pinnacle vodka in England as well? I know it is a French vodka
I didnt know it was French might have see if there is some on some french websites. You can get it online at stupid prices. How much is it in US dollars
Its about $20 for the big bottle in the pictures above.
The.Boy and I are VERY into staying in also! Date nights at home can be some of the best and fun cocktails definitely make them feel more special. I love the strawberry basil combo so come friday night…this is ON THE MENU.
Agree!!! Especially when you can talk over your movie and not get judgy eyes or glares lol!
Dude! This looks amazing! We are totally home bodies over here, too. I mean we love a good night out, but we always seem to have more fun staying in and making our own drinks and food. Putting this one on our to-make list!
David I agree!! Once in a while I get that bug to go out on the town but most times we just love staying in and watching a good movie with lots of food and drinks 🙂
Oh I would definitely be making this by the pitcher! We tend to be homebodies too and enjoy date night on the comfort of our couch watching Netflix. Next time we NEED this cocktail. Love strawberry + basil together!
The pitcher is the right way to go here indeed 🙂 I love dates at home..so relaxing and netflix never disappoints 🙂
Zainab, oh my gawd, I love this post and recipe!!! your photos are so beautiful .. I especially love the 4th one with the strawberries. . that’s a shot from a magazine right there!!!! LOVE! and I have to ask. . what is whipped vodka?
Thank you Alice!! I really like that photo too 🙂 OMG whipped vodka is only the best vodka ever!! It’s whipped cream flavored vodka so it’s perfect in desserts!!! And of course in cocktails 🙂
Oh my gosh this looks fantastic! You are killing it lately! Killing the game. Now I need a sip of this!
Awww thanks Jocelyn!!!
This is one of my favorite go-to summer drinks. I made a batch this weekend for the 4th! Love those beautiful berries too!
Strawberry + basil = my favorite summer mix! Add some vodka and it’s even better 🙂
Exactly!! Thanks dear 🙂
That combinations sounds absolutely divine. I need to pick up some of that whipped vodka immediately and try these!!
Thanks Claire!! And yes to that whipped vodka!!
Oh wow! I LOVE this, Zainab! 🙂 Strawberries, basil, and Pinnacle Whipped?? What!?! Pinnacle Whipped is my absolute favorite liquor, so I am definitely adding this to my must try soon cocktail list. 😉 Pinned & sharing.
Carrie! The whipped flavor is the best!!!! Love it!
I just love the color of this drink. And anything with fizz makes me happy!
I’m always so lazy to make fancy drinks like this! haha this doesn’t look like it takes forever to make and it sounds absolutely fabulous Zainab! This would go perfect for a BBQ!! Pinned for sometime soon, thanks dear! 🙂
Kelly this is the easiest drink ever!! Just mush up strawberries and add your liquids. Literally 5 mins! Pretty on it’s own 🙂
Yum! Love how sparkly this is AND so pretty! And those strawberries are so pretty. I love all of these pictures actually. We’ve been on date night-in mode thanks to this leg so this is super welcome!!
Thanks Jessica!! I’m loving your productivity and blog advices during this leg period 🙂
I think if a cocktail like this is an option, there is no excuse not to have lots of date nights!
Hhahah none at all 🙂
I’m such a fan of date nights at home. Almost all of our Fridays involve stayin in to make pizza and sip wine. Maybe this week I’ll spice it up with these pretty drinks instead!
I’m a HUGE fan of Fridays being casual and lazy! I am due for a pizza soon so thanks for reminding me 🙂
oh my goodness, this looks so good. Always room for a strawberry sparkler!
I am in love with this drink and these photos Zainab – they are simply stunning! The whipped vodka sounds so good! A pitcher of this is a must for our next date night in – love the strawberry and basil combo!
Oh how I wish I had that vodka right now. I wonder if I could just make it with rum? I may have to try, I have basil leaves that are about to go bad anyway O:-)
Rum will be amazing here Erin!! I hope you tried it. It will be a mojito-like drink with it 🙂 Now I need to try that.
Love both your new look and this recipe. I have tried strawberry basil in ice cream but not yet in a drink.
Date nights are definitely essential! This would definitely spice up the night a bit! Lovely!
Oooo this looks so refreshing! I’ll have to save it for post pregnancy 🙂 Love the new look too!
Ohh, strawberry basil!! This cocktail looks super refreshing and bubbly. 🙂 I do love that strawberry color. Always so pretty! And this cocktail definitely looks like something fun to make at home!
Thanks Beth 🙂
This drink’s color is absolutely beautiful! Seriously, I cannot keep my eyes off it! And it looks soooo refreshing – ahhh how I’d love me a pitcher of the stuff right now 😉
What a fun combination Zainab! I already have the vodka, now I just need to get some fruit…and a beau for date night. 😉 Looks delicious and the photos are gorgeous…as always!!
I love your idea of staying in and making you and a someone special a nice cocktail … especially a beautiful strawberry one like this!
P.S. Your photographs for this post are stunning! (even more than they usually are!)
I’ll be following along with this series for sure! I’m always looking for new cocktail recipe ideas! This looks awesome!
It’s too bad that I don’t have one of these right now! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
These look so refreshing! I love the basil and strawberry combination!
Wow! First off gorgeous pics girl! Secondly that drink sounds so refreshing and the perfect way to use up those strawberries from your strawberry escape. 🙂 Pinned and can’t wait to try!
This sounds like the most refreshing drink ever, and that color is intoxicating!
what is it about summer that makes me want to have tons of fun drinks? this is right up my alley! I’m all about date nights in! especially since we have the little one! Once she goes to sleep we can relax and have some quality time. Plus if you’re dating at home, you can drink cocktails and only have to walk upstairs! no driving home! will definitely be trying this!
Right? It’s totally the summer and all the fruits!! Fun drinks are amazing at home indeed. Just climbing the stairs is the best. No DD 😉