Summer Cocktail Recipe Fix: Strawberry Basil Bourbon Mash from Watson’s Catering

24 Jun

Watson's Strawberry Bourbon Smash

If there are two things that we know as gospel truth for the beginning of summer, they would have to be:

1) It’s the time when we order more cocktails than ever.

2) It’s the time when we get excited about fresh strawberries right outta the patch.

So, we kinda of swooned a bit when Watson’s Catering in Greenwich reached out to us with a killer cocktail recipe. Yes, the same Watson’s Catering that has been around since 1992 and has pulled in a ton of awards like Best Caterer from Greenwich Magazine. But, back to this bad boy drink . . . The Strawberry Basil Bourbon Mash is sure to be a classic in your house once you prepare it. And, for us, it combines some of our favorite things: basil (we’re Italian), bourbon (we love the stuff), and strawberries (because, strawberries).

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Mash

• 1 1/2 oz. Bourbon

• 3/4 cup strawberries, halved or sliced

• 6-8 basil leaves, torn, plus for garnish

• Club soda


Place the strawberries and basil in the bottom of a large glass (a mason jar would be great). Muddle with a large spoon and top with the bourbon. Stir to combine and fill the glass with ice. Top with club soda then garnish with basil leaves.

About Watson’s Catering and Events (from their site)

Watson’s is a full service catering and event planning firm serving Fairfield and Westchester Counties and New York City. Watson’s is known for exquisite food and professional and courteous service. With every event and wedding, it’s the goal  of our staff to attend to every detail while being as unobtrusive as possible.

Established in 1992, we have been voted “Best Caterer” in Greenwich by the readers of Greenwich Magazine four times since 2010. We coordinate and oversee every aspect of your event to provide a completely stress-free experience: just choose your outfit, and let us handle the rest.

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