This summery Strawberry Lime Vodka Smash is the perfect vodka cocktail to sip on a hot day! Sweet, tart, refreshing and easy to make!
Cocktail season out on the patio, or in my case, the deck has returned! I absolutely love sitting out on the deck on the weekends relaxing with my husband and our cats and enjoying a cocktail or glass of rosé.
Since strawberries are in season I’ve been enjoying having one of these refreshing Strawberry Lime Vodka Smash cocktails. It’s sweet, tart and goes down real easy. Of course that can be a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
What is a smash cocktail?
After doing a little research I discovered that the term smash cocktail is pretty loose and has many variations. In general this type of cocktail includes alcohol, sweetener, seasonal fruit, herb, sparkling water and ice.
How you make it though, is where all the variations occur. Any type of alcohol can be used, my favorites are vodka, bourbon and gin. The fruit and herb that you use can be muddled in the bottom of the glass, sliced and added to the drink or used as a garnish.
The sweetener could be simple syrup, sugar, agave, maple syrup or honey like I used in the strawberry lime vodka smash. Ice can be served in the drink or strained out if you’re using a cocktail shaker.
A smash is a great cocktail to make if you are a beginner because it is so open ended and there’s lots of room for creativity.
Ingredients For Strawberry Lime Vodka Smash
- sparkling water
- mint (optional)
How to Make Strawberry Lime Vodka Smash
To make this drink, start by chopping the strawberries. Add them to a cocktail shaker if you have one, or use a measuring cup. To the strawberries add the honey and lime juice. Use a muddler or the end of the handle on a wooden spoon to mash the strawberries.
The next step is optional. Press and strain the berry mixture through a mesh sieve if you don’t want the mashed strawberries in the cocktails. If this doesn’t bother you, divide the berry mixture into to two low ball glasses or something similar.
Add the vodka to the berry mixture and stir together. Place several ice cubes into the glasses and then top the drink off with sparkling water. Garnish the drink with a slice of lime and a sprig of mint.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the strawberries don’t look ripe try using raspberries. You may need to add a little extra sweetener as raspberries are generally more tart than strawberries.
You wouldn’t think that it would matter what kind of vodka you use in a cocktail since it’s for the most part flavorless. However, just like any type liquor there is a difference in quality. My go-to inexpensive vodka brands are Tito’s and Kettle One. My favorite local Colorado brands are Breckenridge Distillery, Woody Creek Distillers and 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit. Feeling fancy? You can’t go wrong with Grey Goose Vodka.
Absolutely. If you want the flavor of the mint in this smash it will taste great with the strawberries and lime. If you just want the fresh smell with a hint of mint flavor add a few leave in whole and don’t muddle them. You can also omit the mint all together if you don’t like it or don’t want to buy it.
If you prefer to skip the alcohol and make a virgin cocktail, omit the vodka and replace it with extra sparkling water.
More Summer Cocktails
- Spicy Watermelon Margaritas
- Strawberry Watermelon Rosé Sangria
- Mixed Berry Mint Julep
- Bourbon Peach Slush
- 4 ounces vodka
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- Soda water
- Lime and strawberry slices and mint sprig for garnish (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker or measuring cup combine the strawberries, honey and lime juice. Use a muddler or the handle end of a wooden spoon to mash the berries and release their juices.
- Strain the berry mixture into two low ball glasses pressing the juice out of the berries. If you don't want to strain it, just divide the mixture into two glasses. Pour 2 ounces of vodka into each glass and stir until combined.
- Top with sparkling water, I used about 1/4 - 1/3 cup for each cocktail. Garnish with sliced strawberries, lime and a sprig of mint if desired.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g