Made with fresh cucumber, basil, Limoncello, and vodka. This refreshing and delicious vodka smash recipe is a perfect cocktail for summertime.
On those hot summer days, making a revitalizing adult beverage just seems to make sense! Today I’m sharing how to make this quick and easy adult beverage.
Ordinarily, at this time of the season, my sweet husband and I try to slow life down. Even if it is for a little bit. With both of us still working and not retired, I find it is important to enjoy the days of summer. They seem to pass all too quickly.
One way for us to do that is to head to our porch and rocking chairs after supper each night.
Many times while we sip out of our low ball glasses we find ourselves planning outings, or just being thankful for what we share and have with each other.
I’ll often add a side bowl of fresh strawberries, goat cheese, and a few crackers as an after-dinner snack just to linger a little bit longer. I hope to encourage you to do the same. Take the time. Enjoy the small moments.
This post is intended for those over 21 years old.
What is vodka smash?
Originally, the term ‘smash’ dates back to the mid-1800’s. Smash means in the form of juice or fruit as done with a muddler. A smash cocktail typically has sugar, mint, spirits, and extra fruit as a garnish or juice.
What is a muddler used for?
Similar to a mortar and pestle, a muddler is a bartending tool used to mash or smash ingredients for a cocktail. Moreover, mint leaves will be muddled for making a mojito during the warmer cocktail season.
Ingredients you will need
- Basil leaves
- Club Soda or San pellegrino
- (optional sprig of mint, or lime)
How to make cucumber basil smash?
First, using a muddler in a cocktail shaker, smash the cucumber, sugar, and basil leaves gently. Muddling should break down the juices of the basil and cucumber slices. Next, fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
Next, pour 2 ounces vodka and then 2 ounces of limoncello over ice cubes according to measurements. (For my families Limoncello recipe click here)
Finally, shake or stir and then strain and pour into an old fashioned glass. Top with club soda, tonic water, or San Pellegrino. Serves one.
- A lime slice or mint sprig maybe be used as a garnish.
- Alcohol, club soda, or San Pellegrino may be adjusted to your liking
- For a non-alcoholic beverage, replace the vodka with club soda, and the limoncello with lemonade.
Cucumber Basil Vodka Smash Recipe
Easy Cucumber Basil Vodka Smash Cocktail Recipe
- 3 Cucumber slices
- 5 – 8 Basil leaves
- 2 oz Vodka
- 2 oz Limoncello
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Pour over ice and top with club soda, tonic water or San Pellegrino
- Garnish with basil leaf or cucumber slice
- Using a muddler in a cocktail shaker, smash the cucumber, sugar, and basil leaves gently. Muddling should break down the juices of the basil and cucumber slices.
- Next, fill the cocktail shaker with ice.
- Next, pour 2 ounces vodka and then 2 ounces of limoncello over ice cubes according to measurements.
- Finally, shake or stir and then strain and pour into an old fashioned glass. Top with club soda, tonic water, or San Pellegrino. (As an option: lime slice or mint sprig maybe be used as a garnish. Serves one.
If you would like more basil recipes, check these out.
This pink lemonade vodka recipe is another delicious summer beverage. The full recipe is here.
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I hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail. What’s more, it’s sure to get a 5 star rating, especially on a hot summer night!
Lastly, thank you so much for following along. If you try this cucumber smash recipe out, I’d love to hear how you enjoyed it. Please come back and leave a comment below! Thank you.
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