My cocktail repertoire is decidedly puny. I really only drink red wine and cold vodka, and so I’m trying to expand my horizons. I’m telling you, people. I’m tackling the real issues here.
In that vein I’ve started an Instagram hashtag (still with me?), #FancyDrinkFriday! Follow along, post your own fancy drinks with the hashtag, and let’s all get a little fancier!
First up, the classic Tom Collins. I try my hand at gin for the first time (tonic is evil and must be destroyed, and poor gin has been brought down by it’s nastiness for too long). Verdict: I like it! Anything with ample amounts of citrus juice is good in my book.
Tom Collins (serves one, adjust at will)
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup (you can make your own: combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water, dissolve over medium heat for about 5 minutes until all the sugar has dissolved. Let cool)
- Club soda
- Maraschino cherries for garnish
- Fill a shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Fill a Collins glass, which are usually tall and slender, or a tumbler, with ice. Pour the gin mixture over the ice, then fill the rest of the glass with club soda. Stir once, throw a cherry on top, and call it cocktail hour.
Enjoy (responsibly! Gin is a tricky!)