Hip Hop Happy Hour: Big Baller, Shot Caller

Hip Hop Thursdays are a pretty big deal. But this week’s all-new episodes of Growing Up Hip Hop and Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition are an absolute must-see! On #GUHH, rapper Lil Twist joins the crew, but not everyone is ready to give him a warm welcome. Meanwhile, Pepa faces a scandal when Aundre’s past comes back to haunt him. On #HipHopBootCamp, the couples are airing out their dirty laundry during a relationship rap battle and it’s Nia who drops a bombshell that leaves the housemates in shock.

One epic night calls for one epic cocktail!

Pick your poison with this “Big Baller, Shot Caller.” It starts with a strawberry basil lemonade base and ends with the shot of your choice, plus a little bubbly.

Recipe: Big Baller, Shot Caller

6-8 Servings


  • 10 lemons, juiced (about 1 cup)
  • ¾ cup super fine sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 8-10 strawberries, tops removed and halved
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1 ½ oz. spirit, per drink (You call the shot! For this cocktail, WE like vodka or gin.)
  • 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine, chilled
  • Ice ball molds


Prep: In a pitcher, stir together the lemon juice, sugar and water, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a blender, along with the strawberries and basil. Blend for 20 seconds or until the mixture turns pink and the basil is finely chopped. Carefully pour the mixture into the ice ball molds and freeze.

To serve: Place one ball in a martini or rocks glass. Add your desired spirit and top off with Champagne. (Bonus: As the ball continues to melt, feel free to add another shot!)

Enjoy a “Big Baller, Shot Caller” while watching Growing Up Hip Hop  (8|7c) and Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition (10|9c)! Don’t forget to follow #GUHH and #HipHopBootCamp on Instagram and Snapchat to celebrate “Hip Hop Happy Hour” every week!