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Basil Citrus Berry Smash Cocktail Recipe

When the team at Absolut® Elyx Vodka asked us to share some summer bar inspiration, right away we wanted to create a cocktail. The copper-distilled vodka has an exceptionally clean taste, which makes it perfect for pairing with subtle flavors like basil and berries. After much experimenting, we came up with this Basil Citrus Berry Smash that’s so beautiful and refreshing, we plan on sipping it all summer long!

Now, go stock up on all your cooking essentials, then head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

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Basil Citrus Berry Smash Cocktail Recipe

Basil Citrus Berry Smash Cocktail Recipe

A perfect summer cocktail recipe, this Basil Citrus Smash has tons of fresh basil, two types of citrus, and is a total stunner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Cocktail
Calories 289 kcal


  • 1/2 ounce fresh clementine, or mandarin, or tangerine juice
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons local honey
  • 10 medium fresh basil leaves

    plus more for garnish

  • 3 medium fresh blackberries

    plus more for garnish

  • 1 ounce Green Chartreuse
  • 2 ounces Absolut® Elyx Vodka
  • Crushed ice cubes


  • To Crush The Ice: Wrap a few handfuls of ice cubes in a clean towel or ice crusher bag and, using a mallet, rolling pin, or muddler, tap until all the ice is broken up and crushed (you want a mix of ice sizes from pea sized to snowlike).
  • To Muddle The Berries: Combine honey, clementine juice, and lemon juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and stir with a bar spoon until the honey is dissolved. Add 3 blackberries and the basil leaves and use a muddler until the basil leaves are really well broken up. 
  • To Make The Cocktail: Add the Green Chartreuse and Absolut® Elyx Vodka to the cocktail shaker, fill halfway with ice, close, and shake until the outside of the shaker is cold to the touch and starts to frost, about 10 seconds.
  • Fill a julep cup with the crushed ice then strain the cocktail over the ice. Add more crushed ice to the top of the cup, garnish with basil leaves and a blackberry and serve.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 69mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 261IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword absolut vodka, Aperitivo, Fancy cocktail, Fancy drink
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