Hey everyone! Bob stopping in again with another cocktail quick tip. As you might have gathered from my last post, I’m a bit of a gin fanatic. While a dry martini will always be the way to my heart, there’s nothing that refreshes quite like a Tom Collins. A classic in its own right, the Collins hasn’t gotten the respect it deserves lately. Personally, I lay the blame on those atrocious bottled Collins mixes. They’re a surefire way to keep someone from ever trying one again. Today, I’m going to show you my trick for an effortless Tom Collins that will keep you from slaving over a saucepan for simple syrup.
A traditional Collins is gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. However, I’ve found that San Pellegrino Limonata is a perfect balance of sweet and citrus notes, making it a phenomenal substitute for those subpar bottled Collins mixes. Grab a highball or a Collins glass and pack it with ice. A Collins glass is taller and narrower than a highball but either will suffice. Drop in two ounces of your favorite gin—as I mentioned, I’m a Tanqueray man but try a bunch and find what you like—and fill to the top with Pellegrino. I like to squeeze a lime wedge and use it to garnish. While the Limonata is very well-balanced, the lemon note is just a touch more forward than the lime.
That’s all there is to it, ladies and gents! Although the sweet effervescence might make the Collins seem like a strictly warm weather drink, I think its bright, clean flavor profile totally works year round. Be sure to leave your cocktail tips and feedback in the comment section below. Until next time, cheers!
Written and Photographed for the LCC by Bob Schaeffer, two19 creative