Super Simple Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

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Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

With 6 simple ingredients, this refreshing Strawberry Vodka Cocktail comes together in minutes. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, this easy cocktail is a sure hit at your next summer event. 

An Easy Cocktail for a Crowd

When it comes to (alcoholic) summer drinks, I always prefer those that are light and refreshing versus thick and sweet. Think a wine spritzer vs a creamy pina colada. Though I love the flavors of both, I’ll always reach for the one that doesn’t feel like dessert all afternoon. I want a drink that’s going to leave me feeling fresh and relaxed, not like I need a nap.

This easy Strawberry Vodka Cocktails is high on my list of refreshing summer drinks that don’t feel like dessert. Made with 6 simple ingredients, this is the kind of drink that goes down easy and doesn’t leave that too-sweet after taste. Together, the strawberry and basil are a thirst-quenching combination, one that just begs to be enjoyed by the pool – which is usually where you can find me when I’m drinking these!

Since this comes together so quickly and it can sit in the fridge for a bit, it’s a great cocktail to make for parties and picnics. A few minutes of prep in advance and you won’t need to be hands-on for the serving of these strawberry cocktails at the party. But just be warned, if you’re serving a group you might want to keep extra supplies on hand to make another pitcher!

A strawberry cocktail garnished with a strawberry and basil leaf

What You’ll Need

There are just 6 ingredients in this strawberry vodka cocktail! No wonder it’s so easy to make.

  • Strawberries – I love using fresh strawberries in the summer. Be sure to pick the best strawberries for this cocktail.
  • Basil leaves – Look for the freshest leaves you can find. If you have your own basil plant that you can pull from, that’s even better.
  • Lime juice – Use freshly squeezed lime juice, not the pre-bottled kind.
  • Vodka – Your favorite brand of unflavored vodka.
  • Seltzer water – You can also use club soda.
  • Agave – I use agave as a natural sweetener in place of simple syrup.
Aerial view of three strawberry vodka cocktails with strawberry, lime and basil

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How to Make a Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

This easy summer cocktail comes together in just three easy steps!

  • Muddle the strawberries. Add the strawberries to the bottom of a large pitcher. Muddle them (with a muddler or back of a spoon) until there are no more whole pieces. In this cash, muddling really just means smashing the fruit.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Add the lime juice, basil, agave and vodka. Stir. Add the seltzer water and give it a final stir.
  • Garnish and serve. Pour into serving glasses and garnish with more basil or lime slices.
Strawberries in a large glass pitcher

Tips for Success

For a cocktail your friends won’t be able to get enough of, just keep these tips in mind.

  • Cut the strawberries into quarters. To make muddling easier, you can cut the strawberries in half or in quarters before adding them to the pitcher.
  • Adjust the sweetness. Want a cocktail that’s a little more sweet? Or maybe you prefer a little less sweetness to your cocktails? You can easily adjust the sweetness of this cocktail by increasing or decreasing the agave used.
  • Use lemon instead of lime. If you like strawberry lemonade, you can take this a step closer to a strawberry vodka lemonade by using lemon juice instead of lime.
  • Switch up the berries. This cocktail will work with any variety of berries – strawberries just happen to be my favorite. Blueberry, raspberry and blackberry all make other great options. You can even do a mixed berry vodka cocktail!
Muddled strawberries, lime juice, basil and vodka in a large glass pitcher

Serving Suggestions

I serve this strawberry vodka cocktail over ice in tall glasses, then add a garnish of a lime wedge or basil leaf. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll stick an extra strawberry on the rim of the glass as well.

If I’m serving this for a picnic, I’ll keep the pitcher chilled and allow each person to pour their own.

Two glasses with strawberries and vodka

Can I Make This Strawberry Cocktail in Advance?

Yes, you can make this strawberry vodka cocktail several hours in advance. Just follow the directions as normal and stop before adding the seltzer water. Then add the seltzer water just before serving, as usual.

I do not recommend making this more than a day in advance, as you want the strawberries and basil to still be fresh when you serve it.

A hand holding a strawberry vodka cocktail

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Super Simple Strawberry Vodka Cocktail

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 5 minutes
  • yield Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • category Category: Drink
  • method Method: Assemble
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


With 6 simple ingredients, this refreshing Strawberry Vodka Cocktail comes together in minutes. The perfect balance of sweet and tart, this easy cocktail is a sure hit at your next summer event.



  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1416 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 2 cups seltzer water or club soda
  • 2 tablespoons agave


  1. Add strawberries to the bottom of a large pitcher. Using a muddler (or the back of a spoon) muddle the fruit till there are no more whole pieces left. (basically you’re smashing them)
  2. Next add in the lime juice, basil, agave, and vodka. Stir around to mix everything together.
  3. Finish off with the seltzer water. Stir and serve.
  4. Garnish with more basil or lime slices.


  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • Calories: 156
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Sodium: 1 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: best summer cocktails, easy vodka recipes, strawberry cocktails

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  1. KiziMizi

    Perfect! I have a big box of strawberries and found this blog while in the hopes of figuring out how to be creative with them. I love this drink idea and the rest of the ideas I ran into! Thanks so much. I think I will be hanging around here quite a bit from now on!

    1. Krista

      This was my go-to summer cocktaiL! I hope you loved it and can’t wait for you to try out more new recipes! I always love company! I look forward to “seeing” you around!

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