Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail

Spruce up a whiskey cocktail for the upcoming spring season by adding a dose of fresh strawberries! This Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail with Cedar Ridge Whiskey will be your go to drink this spring/summer after one taste of this cocktail!

Some ice, some fruit, a little sugar and whiskey—BOOM. I added some strawberries and basil for a bit of freshness, but you could play around with any other fruit and fresh herb combination.

Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail

I have been a fan of Cedar Ridge since the day they opened. I mean for the best bourbon you need to head to the heart of corn country – right here in Iowa. Check out their wide array of whiskey’s HERE.  Like they say, “It is the best of the Midwest in a bottle!”

Note: If you are local to Cedar Falls – head over to Happy’s Liquor Store to find Cedar Ridge Whiskey

Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash fresh basil leaves, strawberries, and simple syrup in a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker four to five times, just to release juices and oils. Add bourbon and lemon juice. Transfer to an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with strawberry and basil (if you desire.)

Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail

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Strawberry Basil Whiskey Bourbon Cocktail
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
  1. 2 to 3 strawberries, sliced, plus 1 extra for garnish
  2. 3 basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  3. ½ ounce raw simple syrup (1 part raw sugar to 1 part water)
  4. 2 ounces bourbon
  5. ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  1. In a shaker, muddle the strawberries, basil and simple syrup.
  2. Add the whiskey/bourbon, and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice, then shake and strain the liquid into an ice-filled rocks glass.
  4. Garnish it with a strawberry and some basil leaves (if you would like) and serve.
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  • Reply Robin Rue (@massholemommy) February 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Oh yum! That sounds perfect for my next girls night in! I need to make my friends some of these.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      Such a perfect cocktail for a girl’s night!

  • Reply aspicenamedginger February 22, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Can I just say, I NEED THIS?! Well, okay if I was of age xD It sounds amazing! I’m definitely keeping this recipe in my files, because this sounds absolutely amazing. My boyfriend just turned 21 though, so I’ll pass this along to him.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      RIGHT when you turn 21 – you need to try this! Let me know if you end up trying out this recipe!

  • Reply Esther | The Cuteness February 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I want this now! I had a baby 2 weeks ago, and I have a LOT of catching up to do in the drinking department!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Yes – definitely! Sounds like you could use a cocktail!

  • Reply Memory Jora February 22, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    I am so going to try this recipe…thank you:-)

  • Reply thewhimsicalpeony February 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Looks totally delish! Some of my favorite ingredients… can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      I’m glad it looks good to you! The ingredients all mix together very well!

  • Reply The Southern Thing February 22, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    Ohh this looks tasty!

  • Reply Jasmine February 22, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Definitely need to make this because this looks so good.

  • Reply Lori February 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Can’t wait to make this! 🙂

  • Reply Home by Jenn February 22, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Drink sound amazing! The combo of strawberries, basil, and lemon wow I bet it is great! Will have to try this one very soon! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      No problem! Let me know if you try this out! I would love to hear what you think of the recipe.

  • Reply cass0327 February 22, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Ooooh! I am looking forward to making this! Pinning and printing right now!!

  • Reply Leah February 22, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Yum! Sounds alot like our local whiskey in Omaha! I didn’t know we were so close in location!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Omaha is a great city! Midwest truly is the best!

  • Reply Vera Sweeney February 22, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This sound like an amazing cocktail to have! I don’t think I have had many drink with whiskey in them before!

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien February 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      This is a great “starter” whiskey recipe! Enjoy!

  • Reply Up Run for Life February 22, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    I’m not a hug fan of whisky. However, I’ll take diet coke and rum.

    My husband might like this drink.

  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia February 22, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    This drink recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try it for my party i have coming up. I am always looking for new recipes to try.

  • Reply victoria February 23, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Sounds a good cocktails and its perfect for family gathering

  • Reply Summer Telban (@SummerTelban) February 23, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Looks absolutely yummy. I’ve had something similar with blackberry – I’m sure I’d love this. 🙂

  • Reply Chelsea Pearl February 23, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Strawberry and whiskey is such a great combo! Perfect for summer nights, or any time really!

  • Reply Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog February 23, 2016 at 10:01 am

    What a creative way to dress up a drink! With the new ‘twist’ on it, it may bring in a new class of drinkers to the old favorite of whiskey! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Ricci February 23, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    I am not a big whiskey drinker but this drink sounds amazing!! I love anything with strawberry!!

  • Reply Amy Jones February 23, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Sounds like an amazing drink it’s a really interesting combination I’d love to try it someday

  • Reply Amber Hill February 23, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I can honestly say that I never would have thought of this flavor combination. I’m not a big bourbon person, but now you have me intrigued, because you always post the most fabulous stuff!

  • Reply CourtneyLynne February 23, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Ooooo this cocktail sounds pretty tasty!!! I’m always looking for new ways to mix up my whiskey!

  • Reply Joanie @ ZagLeft February 23, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    My husband is a whiskey drinker – I am not, but I actually would love to try this recipe. It sounds really good!

  • Reply Lisa @bitesforbabies February 23, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of bourbon but I actually love strawberries and basil together! I could make an exception 😉

  • Reply wemake7 February 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    I don’t normally drink but this looks sooo good! I just may have to try this soon.

  • Reply Lynndee February 24, 2016 at 6:21 am

    My husband loves a short of whiskey from time to time. He loves strawberry too. Bet he’ll be delighted to see this.

  • Reply seasidemermaid February 24, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I seldom drink alcohol, but I like to enjoy a cocktail once in a blue moon. I’ll definitely have to try this sometime! – HilLesha

  • Reply Shanéy Vijendranath February 25, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I could do with this now. Weekend is almost here! I haven’t had alcohol in years because of breastfeeding.

  • Reply Lisa Rios February 25, 2016 at 3:54 am

    My goodness, this sounds like a wonderful choice for Cocktail lovers. It looks super delicious with the combination of strawberries & basil leaves. Would be very ideal for family get together.

  • Reply April Mims March 1, 2016 at 6:28 am

    This sounds like a tasty drink. I’m not really a bourbon drinker but this sounds pretty yummy.

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