Summer and cocktails are perfect for each other. For late, warm weekend nights in the sun, a particularly festive brunch occasion, or as a weekday indulgence after a long day of work. The temperatures have us craving for fresh, sparkly, cold drinks, and this one fits the description. It has tons of great citrus and gin flavor, is served with plenty of ice, and is topped off with bubbles. Very refreshing! Perfect for hot summer days, and warm summer evenings with friends. The Tom Collins cocktail is an oldie, and although it is believed to be much older it was first memorialized in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas (the «father of American mixology») and within the next couple of years it was served in bar rooms all over New York. It was considered to be a rather fancy drink, and quickly became a favourite. It is sweet, bubbly and deliciously tangy!
There are two little notes that should be made regarding this recipe: Use only fresh ingredients, no bottled lemon juice, it will not taste good. Please don't try it! Fresh lemon juice is the one and only way to go here. The second is that the taste of the gin is very present in this cocktail, so make sure that you pick a good gin. We used Uncle Val's Botanical Gin which is absolutely perfect for this, but pretty hard (if not impossible to find), so just go for your favourite!
TO MAKE a good Tom Collins
3 parts good gin
2 parts freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 part sugar syrup
4 parts bubbly water
Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a tall glass (or mug if you are making a couple at a time) with plenty of ice. Stir everything together, and top it off with bubbly water. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve immediately!
I love cocktails that have a potential to easily be transformed into other variations, and this one definitely does. Try it with grapefruit or freshly squeezed orange juice instead, or bring in some lime into the original recipe. Perfect for summer parties as it is refreshing and delicious, yet ridiculously easy to make with next to no prep work at all, and you can make it in bigger batches and just top the glasses up with ice and soda water upon serving. Let’s hope the summer temperatures keep coming, so we can drink cocktails outside in the sun for many months to come!
John and I are back on track, and will provide you with plenty of refreshing summer cocktail recipes throughout the season.
Have a wonderful thursday!
Love John & Sofie