Finalist Jay Ducote's dish, Summer Sweets: Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash, for the Star Challenge, Summer Live, as seen on Food Network Star, Season 11.
Recipe courtesy of Jay Ducote

Strawberry-Basil Bourbon Smash

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 servings



  1. In a saucepan, heat 2 cups water, the strawberries, sugar and basil over medium heat. Cook until the liquid reduces by half and the sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour in a blender and puree until smooth. Refrigerate until cool.
  3. Add the bourbon to the puree, then pour the mixture over ice to serve.