Strawberry Basil Caipirinha Cocktail

This Strawberry Basil Caipirinha cocktail tastes like Summer in a glass! 

This Strawberry Basil Caipirinha cocktail tastes like Summer in a glass!

Hello darlings! Today we’re boozing it up with a guest post from a fellow blogger that totally rocks my socks. Take it away, Jane!

— Strawberry Basil Caipirinha —

I’m crazy about cocktails, both drinking them and making them. When I travel I love to hit up the best cocktail bars in a town, chatting with the bartenders and stashing a few more tips and tricks up my sleeve. I usually end up bringing a recipe home with me.

Fun cocktails are such an easy way to jazz up a backyard BBQ or get together. Don’t be intimidated by the idea! A lot of unique, tasty cocktails are easier than they look, and can be adjusted to work with what you have on hand.

That’s certainly the case with my Strawberry Basil Caipirinha.

Have you ever heard of a Caipirinha? It’s the national cocktail of Brazil, and is made with Cachaça, a Brazilian sugarcane liquor that’s similar to rum.

I first sipped a Strawberry Basil Caipirinha while watching the sun set at the gorgeous Mondrian Miami hotel in South Beach. I wasn’t a guest there, but here’s a pool crashing tip: go in the late afternoon, saunter in like you own the place, and go straight to the bar and order something. Then snag a seat like you own the place and you’re golden.

This Strawberry Basil Caipirinha cocktail tastes like Summer in a glass!

This drink really tastes like Summer in a glass.

Ready to whip one up?

Strawberry Basil Caipirinha Cocktail

Strawberry Basil Caipirinha Cocktail


  • 3 oz. Cachaça (or other clear liquor)
  • 3-4 Ripe Strawberries
  • Fresh Basil, to taste
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  • Club Soda, as desired


  1. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of a rocks glass for flavor.
  2. Muddle the strawberries, basil, sugar and 3 lime wedges in the glass.
  3. Add the Cachaça and stir, remove the limes, then add ice.
  4. Top with a splash of club soda to taste, and garnish with a strawberry.


No Cachaça? No worries! This cocktail is also great with rum or vodka.

The Caipirinha is traditionally served in a rocks glass with crushed ice. I don’t have an ice crusher, so I just serve it on the rocks. I do the same when I make it with Rum. If you’re making it with vodka, skip the club soda. Instead, muddle the ingredients in a shaker, add ice and shake hard before serving in a martini glass.

See post below for a marvelous mocktail version!

 Designated Driver Version:

I never serve fab cocktails at a party while leaving my responsible drivers and pregnant ladies with only water or iced tea to drink! This cocktail quickly becomes a show-stopping ͞mocktail͟ when you omit the liquor, serve it in a pint glass, and add more club soda. With this DD version, I personally prefer to puree the strawberries and add it to the muddled sugar, lime, and basil in the bottom of the glass.

Hellooooo mocktail!

This Strawberry Basil Caipirinha cocktail tastes like Summer in a glass!

This Strawberry Basil Caipirinha cocktail tastes like Summer in a glass!

Are these not pure awesomeness?!

Jane (of Janery and the blog The Borrowed Abode) will be stopping in and serving as Peas and Crayons’s official bartender. I’m excited to see all the cocktails and mocktails Jane has in store for us! This girl is the hostess with the mostess and I’m beyond lucky to call her a friend of the past 7+ years. Seriously Jane, how did I get so lucky?! Love you bunches!

About the Author:

Jane Pearson is the owner and designer behind Janery, a modern pet bed and home décor business based in Virginia. When she’s not busy running Janery or raising her toddler daughter, she can be found hiking with her dogs, or messing up her kitchen with cooking and cocktail experiments.

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  • Love this! Strawberry and basil are so good together – I just love that flavor! This is also so pretty, which is always a huge plus 🙂

    • Thanks Rachel! 🙂 I seriously cannot wait to make Jane’s cocktail creation!

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