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Basil Fig Vodka Smash for #drinkthesummer 2016!

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Welcome to the 2nd annual #DRINKTHESUMMER!

Today is a celebration.

Of summer.

Of its magical bounty that’s still in full bloom {stop rushing fall plz/thank uuuu}.

And of community.

Last week I mentioned the significance of finding a tribe/sisterhood/your people, etc. – and DRINKTHESUMMER was born out of exactly that. Our work is done almost exclusively behind a computer and camera and alone. And my need to connect beyond that is primal. I think most of the fine people below would agree. I wanted to create an event where we could all participate in something together, on the same day, at the same time. It’s turning into an annual thing and it’s open to anyone and everyone that has a blog. If you are interested in participating next year fill out this form, and I’ll put you on the list.

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

I celebrated 33 last week at one of my favorite restaurants in St. Louis. They prepared me a special dinner, and I ate like a queen {thanks Chef Rex!}. It started out with a really simple summer salad of basil, figs and melon. I know that basil compliments almost everything, but I was really taken by surprise and became so enamored with that basil/fig flavor combo. Here I’ve muddled, then quick-infused some basil fig vodka. It is served on the rocks with a splash of club soda. But it could be served up, as a martini as well. If the end of summer doesn’t taste like this, then I don’t know what does.

I really love making cocktails. Sometimes I think about turning this space into a cocktail blog. Crazy? Not crazy? Anyways – this year we have 55 bloggers slinging drinks. Some boozy, some not, all delicious. Let the celebration begin!

A Little Saffron | Beach Bum’s Rum
A Thought For Food | Tarragon Tequlia Swizzle
Downshiftology | Limoncello Prosecco with Blueberries and Thyme
Heart of a Baker | Green Tea Mint Cooler
Hungry Girl por Vida | Whisky Peach Alexander
The Green Life | Spiced Plum Fig + Kombucha Cocktail
Floating Kitchen | Peach Sun Tea + Bourbon Cocktail
Beard and Bonnet | Easy Melon Mojitos
EGD | Backyard Peach Sweet Tea
Appeasing a Food Geek | Basil + Black Pepper Gin Sour
Vegetarian Ventures | Garden Tonic Punch
Nosh and Nourish | Mango Margaritas with Chile Lime Salted Rims
Domesticate ME! | Watermelon-Basil Mezcal Margarita
The Foodie Nurse | Husk Cherry Margarita
my name is yeh | Choose Your Own Adventure Bloody Marys
Sevengrams | Cucumber Gin + Chartreuse Cocktail
Wicked Spatula | Coconut Gin + Tonic
Eat Boutique | Sbagliatos + Homemade Sweet Vermouth
Nutritionist in the Kitch | Healthy Muddled Blackberry Piña Coladas
Chocolate + Marrow | Pequito Verdecito
The Solstice Table | Jalapeno Watermelon Cooler
HonestlyYUM | Watermelon Fresh Herbs + Sotol Cocktail
Seasonal Cravings | Strawberry Lime Gin Rickey
Salted Plains | Frozen Honeydew Daiquiris
The Broken Bread | Honeydew-Ginger Apricot Mojitos
Fix Feast Flair | Ginger-Berry Splash Cocktail
Turntable Kitchen | Summer Cooler Cocktails, Two Ways
Foolproof Living | Blueberry Dark Cherry + Calvados Cocktail
Dessert for Two | Salty Melon Slush
The Wood and Spoon | Honey Basil Margaritas
Milly’s Kitchen | Golden Watermelon Ginger Basil + Tequilla

Heartbeet Kitchen | Salty Watermelon Shrub Elixir
TENDING the TABLE | Raspberry + Fig Hibiscus Cooler
Snixy Kitchen | Lavender Earl Gray Blackberry Ice Cream Floats
The Bojon Gourmet | Vanilla Rooibos Peach Ice Cream Floats
Gratitude and Greens | Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice
My Heart Beets | Spiced Pistachio Shake
rooting the sun | Strawberry Fennel Soda
The Modern Proper | Vanilla Plum Shrub
Feed Me Phoebe | Watermelon-Cucumber Kombucha Coolers
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Stone Fruit Thyme Shrub Soda
dolly and oatmeal | Cold-Brewed Shiso + Hibiscus Tea Iced Latte
happy hearted kitchen | Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Fennel Orange + Cardamom
I am a Food Blog | Cherry Vanilla Sodas
Tasty Yummies | Fig Vanilla Bean Almond Milk
Let’s talk evergreen | Iced Earl Grey Yuanyang With a Hint of Rose
Kale & Caramel | Emerald Beaut Green Spritzer
Earthy Feast | Watermelon Hibiscus Agua Fresca
Now, Forager | Sparkling Plumcot + Purple Basil Shrubs
The Pig & Quill | Brown Sugar Blueberry Pie Shakes
Well and Full | Peach Bubble Tea
Sweetish Co | The Best Frozen Hot Chocolate
holly & flora | Spiced Pineapple Shrub Sparklers with Black Tea + Coconut
Pure Ella | Fresh Mint Tea
Hummingbird High | Watermelon + Mint Agua Fresca

See the party from DRINKTHESUMMER 2015 here!

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Basil Fig Vodka Smash | @withfoodandlove

Basil Fig Vodka Smash

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Serves 2 - 4 drinks

I used opal {purple} basil because that is what I grow in my garden, but any variety of basil will work. Additionally the same is true of the figs, any type that is fresh and available works {green, brown, etc.}. I think vodka is the best way to showcase the basil and fig combination, but I am partial to gin as well. The longer you let the basil and figs soak in the booze the more flavorful the cocktail will be, but all you really need is to let them sit for about 30 minutes.


  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, more the garnish
  • 1 cup fresh figs, diced {I used black mission}
  • 1 tablespoon honey {or preferred sweetener}
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • club soda
  • ice


  1. Muddle together the basil, fig and honey until the figs are completely broken down and in a smooth, jam like consistency.
  2. Then add in vodka and stir to combine well. Allow the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain the mixture by pressing the pulp to extract all the liquid. When you are done, discard the pulp.
  3. To assemble the drinks, divide the mixture {strain again if desired} into four cups and top with ice. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with more fresh basil.
  4. If you want to serve this as a martini, combine the mixture with ice in a martini shake and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Divide the mixture into two martini glass and garnish wish a spring of basil.
  5. Enjoy responsibly!


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24 Responses to "Basil Fig Vodka Smash for #drinkthesummer 2016!"

  1. Reply

    Heather @HeatherChristo

    August 24, 2016 at 7:43 AM

    This looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to be sipping on glass of this cocktail very soon!

  2. Reply

    Brian @ A Thought For Food

    August 24, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    I definitely don’t do enough with figs… this looks like a wonderful way to enjoy their deep, rich flavor.

    Thank you for organizing this. It’s been a pleasure seeing everyone’s creations and it’s great that you’ve found away to bring people together. Thank you thank you thank you.

  3. Reply

    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    August 24, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    I’ve never had a cocktail with figs but can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks for organizing this – it’s so much fun!

  4. Reply


    August 24, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    wow, what a great idea to host this Party. I already filled out the form. You are so right that we are often alone behind our camera. It makes so much fun to share the love. xoxo Janine

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    Todd Wagner | HonestlyYUM

    August 24, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    First of all, happy belated birthday, Sherrie!! Figs are a fabulous way to celebrate. You are my hero for organizing all 55 of us summertime imbibers. Cheers!!

  6. Reply

    traci | VanillaAndBean

    August 24, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Woah! What a great round up! I’m lovin all the figgy recipes here… deliciously creative! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Reply

    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet

    August 24, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    This is so gorgeous Sherrie!! Thank you so much for bringing us all together again this year, I wish I could sip on every boozy and non boozy sip on that list up there before the end of the season. I adore you and completely agree that finding your tribe is so important. It gets a tad bit lonely working like we do and having that support system is essential!

  8. Reply


    August 24, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    Thanks for throwing this super fun party, Sherrie!

  9. Reply

    robyn holland |

    August 24, 2016 at 12:12 PM

    Loved being apart of this my friend! Thank you for bringing us all together. Love the colors – and basically everything about your drink in general. My parent’s have the biggest fig tree and I’m always looking for ways to incorporate figs into things this time of year. I’ll be making a virgin version of this soon! ;)

    And I can’t wait to check out everyone’s beautiful pictures and recipes. Such a beautiful tribe to be a part of! xoxo

  10. Reply


    August 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    These photos! Those flavours! Totally stunning Sherrie. I need to track down some figs asap so that I can recreate this drink. Can’t wait.

  11. Reply


    August 24, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Putting figs in a cocktail is beyond genius, Sherrie. As is #drinkthesummer!! I can never ever think of drink recipes and each year all these creations totally blow my mind. One day I’ll be like you all :) Thank you for this stunning cocktail and these festivities!

  12. Reply

    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well

    August 24, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    LOVE. You are such a special and sweet person, Sherrie. This gathering is just the best! I love seeing everyone’s camaraderie in this spectacular event, and these sips! So delicious and refreshing. Next year I’ll plan ahead ;) , till then, I have all of these drinks to get to sippin’! XO

  13. Reply

    Stephanie McKinnie

    August 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Love the combination of figs and basil! Sounds very refreshing. This is the coolest thing you’re doing, so, of course, I had to sign up for next year! Happy Birthday!

  14. Reply

    Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow

    August 25, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Ahhh thanks for organizing what is my favorite link up of the whole year, Sherrie! Never let it stop, k? I need all the summery cocktail inspiration I can get, always, and this roundup is just the best. Big hugs to you, lady!

  15. Reply


    August 25, 2016 at 11:37 AM

    Thank you, Sherrie. These little moments of connection in an otherwise crazy world are so needed for me right now. Working with a group of inspiring ladies like yourself has been the highlight of all this. It’s always nice knowing you’re out there, doing your thing and I’m lucky to cross paths with you every now and then. And if you’re holding a up cocktail when that happens, well then it’s just so much better. Thanks for the party, happiest of summers ox

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    August 25, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Thanks again for hosting this amazing end of summer celebration. I’m still in awe of all the beauty that came of it. Your figgy cocktail is simply sexy, seriously, so gorgeous! Oh and happy belated birthday! I’m only a few months behind you!

  17. Reply


    August 25, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Hello, love! Finally catching up on the beauty that was this year’s #drinkthesummer and there’s too much on my to-drink list before the end of the season! Thanks, again, for coordinating such a spirited (ha) shindig, Sherrie. It was honestly something I looked forward to all summer. And I can’t stop looking at that purple basil. Such an unexpected combo with the figs, but it’s positively intriguing! Cheers to you, lady! <3

  18. Reply

    Jayme | holly & flora

    August 26, 2016 at 12:54 PM

    Thanks so much for putting this together again this year, Sherrie! I still haven’t caught up on all the delicious drinks out there for #drinkthesummer, but I’m excited to do so. You make me want to clip all of my purple basil and make these, like, right now. Even before work! HA! ….I’d do it. Today is our last Friday in the summer concert series, so I’ll be cracking a killer bottle tonight to celebrate. Love you and have a fab weekend, lady! XOXO

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    Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

    August 28, 2016 at 9:06 PM

    This sounds amazing. What a delicious way to celebrate the bonds we make online and fig season in one. Definitely trying this!

  20. Reply

    Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

    August 29, 2016 at 1:22 PM

    That purple basil is SO gorgeous next to the figs! I want to smash my face into this ASAP. <3 you for getting all of these summer drinks splashed across the internet!!

  21. Reply


    August 29, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    These are SO stunning Sherrie! Thanks for being our #drinkthesummer ringleader. <3

  22. Reply

    Eden Passante

    September 4, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    These colors are so gorgeous together! What a delicious way to pull figs and basil together!!

  23. Reply


    September 9, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Wow! So good. Figs are my favorite fruit and this drink looks like the bomb!! Figs are in full swing here so I might just grab some at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow and make this.

  24. Reply

    Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish

    September 13, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    This is an awesome idea! I am so glad I stopped in here today to check out all the lovely drinks!!

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