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Two strawberry-basil Tom Collins drinks on a pink plank with flowers.

Strawberry-Basil Tom Collins

Sweet, citrusy and ultra refreshing --- this strawberry-basil Tom Collins puts a unique, sophisticated spin on a classic gin cocktail. With its dainty pink hue, garden-fresh basil and ripe strawberries, this oh-so-pretty Tom Collins is full of summer's best flavors and always sure to impress. Bring on happy hour because you and your friends will love sipping this cocktail on warm summer nights.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 137kcal


  • Small saucepan
  • Strainer
  • Jigger or small measuring cup


Strawberry-Basil Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups strawberries halved and tops removed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves

Strawberry-Basil Tom Collins

  • 2 ounces gin see note
  • 1 ounce strawberry-basil simple syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Club soda for topping
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish, optional
  • Fresh basil for garnish, optional


Strawberry-Basil Simple Syrup

  • Simmer the strawberries, sugar, water and basil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar and mash the strawberries as the syrup cooks to help incorporate the strawberry flavor. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Steep for at least 10 minutes or until the flavor infuses. Strain and store in the refrigerator until chilled. This can be done several weeks in advance.

Strawberry-Basil Tom Collins

  • In a highball or Collins glass, pour in the gin, strawberry-basil simple syrup, lemon juice and a handful of ice. Stir until well combined. Top with club soda and gently stir.
  • If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries and basil. Enjoy!


  • While you can use any gin of your liking, I especially love a citrus-forward gin with this recipe.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 328mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg