Happy Hour {Strawberry Basil Lemon Smash}

It’s Friday friends! Empress has been killing it lately with their delicious and refreshing new cocktail ideas. I had all of this on hand and it made for the perfect summer happy hour al fresco on a hot night. It’s just the right amount of sweet and Honey and I both thoroughly enjoyed.

Empress Strawberry Basil Lemon Smash

The perfect cocktail for your summer harvest!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1.5 oz Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 strawberries, halved
  • 3 Basil Leaves
  • Strawberry and basil for garnish
METHOD

Muddle strawberries and basil at the bottom of your glass. Add ice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Top with gin and garnish. Stir and enjoy!

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Have a safe and happy weekend!

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