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.