Cocktail Recipe: Strawberry Peppercorn Smash

A strawberry drink even your dad could get down with

Imagine yourself on a gorgeous island, far from your cares. You suddenly have an overwhelming urge for a sweet, strawberry cocktail, thinking that no one will judge you in this carefree Caribbean locale. Then imagine the summer breeze coming to a halt (akin to a record screeching) as the bartender gives you a nasty glare, begrudgingly blending you a beverage full of fruit and palpable ire.

That exact scenario happened to me recently, and it got me thinking: We need to take a stand for the strawberry. No more shall we fear the judgement of salty bartenders or our companions for our love of drinking that sweet, little springtime fruit on a hot day.

So here's a stigma-free strawberry cocktail with complexity, oakiness and a peppery kick. It's a take on a whiskey smash that even your manliest (or judgiest) friends won't be ashamed to drink.

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Strawberry Peppercorn Smash
5 from 52 ratings
Learn how to make a smashing strawberry cocktail with a peppery kick.
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Total time: 5 minutes
  • 2 to 3 strawberries, sliced, plus 1 extra for garnish
  • 3 basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • ½ ounce raw simple syrup (1 part raw sugar to 1 part water)
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 6 to 7 grinds fresh black pepper
  1. In a shaker, muddle the strawberries, basil and simple syrup. Add the bourbon, lemon juice and black pepper. Fill the shaker with ice, then shake and strain the liquid into an ice-filled rocks glass. Garnish it with a strawberry and some basil leaves and serve.
Calories per Serving 200
Total Fat 0.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 15.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Total Sugars 12.6 g
Sodium 9.2 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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