Dale DeGroff, also known as the "King of Cocktails," is a world-renowned mixologist who has been instrumental in the revival of classic cocktails. He is perhaps best known for his creation of the "Cosmopolitan," which became one of the most popular cocktails of the 1990s. But DeGroff's expertise extends far beyond that famous drink, as evidenced by his innovative and delicious cocktail creations, such as the Strawberry Basil Smash.
This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves cucumber mint cocktails. The combination of fresh strawberries, aromatic basil, cool cucumber, and refreshing mint creates a complex and well-balanced drink that is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. And, by using non-alcoholic spirits, we've made it accessible to anyone who wants to enjoy the flavors of this classic cocktail without the effects of alcohol.
The Strawberry-Basil Smash
2 strawberries, hulled and halved
4-5 fresh basil leaves
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
2 oz Caleño Light & Zesty
3 cucumber slices
3 mint leaves
Muddle the strawberries and basil leaves in a shaker until well mashed.
Add lemon juice, simple syrup, Caleno Light and Zesty, cucumber slices, mint leaves, and ice.
Shake well and strain into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with fresh strawberry and basil leaves or with a cocktail ribbon and a sprig of mint.
Enjoy your refreshing Strawberry Basil Smash mocktail!