Strawberry Ginger Punch

makes 6 drinks

recipe adapted from Bon Appetit Magazine

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 12 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled, halved or quartered if large (about 3 cups), divided
    • 1 3-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced, divided
    • 1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, divided
    • 1 1/2 cups vodka
    • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    • 2 12-ounce cans seltzer water

Combine sugar, 1/2 cup strawberries, half of ginger, and 1/3 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until berries soften, about 3 minutes. Let cool. Strain and set syrup aside.

Muddle 2 cups strawberries, 1/4 cup basil, and remaining ginger in a large jar or bowl. Add vodka, lime juice, and reserved syrup and stir to combine. Chill at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to let flavors meld.

Strain mixture into a large punch bowl, pressing on solids to release as much liquid as possible.

Add seltzer and remaining 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/4 cup basil. Serve over ice.