Salinas Smash


This drink is a fairly classic smash using strawberries and basil as the modifiers. Simply muddled, with vodka, lemon and sugar added, the result is delightfully refreshing for any occasion. It’s a little work, but you could easily make it in pitcher-sized batches for a party. The recipe is as follows:

Salinas Smash

1 strawberry
1-2 leaves basil
1.5 oz vodka (at Grand Cafe I use Hangar 1)
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz simple syrup

Muddle the strawberry and basil. Add in the remaining ingredients and shake. Serve in a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a bruised basil leaf.

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