After last week’s gin tasting we had quite a bit of extra gin to find a use for. The guys of course imbibed in many gin and tonics, but I’ve been dying to dabble with the classic cocktails so I mixed up some Tom Collins. The results were mixed: 2 thumbs up and 2 thumbs down (and everyone agreed they were afraid to hold on to my grandmother’s vintage glasses), but shockingly I was one of the thumbs up! I actually enjoyed it!! I have never been a gin drinker and you’d think after the gin tasting I’d be afraid to even try a gin based cocktail, but I did, and I liked it! Maybe the baptism by fire of our neat-gin tasting has converted me from a gin hater to a gin
- 4 oz gin
- 1-2 oz lemon juice (to taste)
- 2 tsp simple syrup (combine equal parts water and sugar; bring to boil until sugar melts, remove from heat and cool)
- Club soda, chilled
- Maraschino cherry, lemon or orange slices for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker and shake until cold.
- Fill Collins glass with ice. Strain into the ice filled glasses.
- Top with club soda and garnish with lemon/orange wheels and a maraschino cherry.
- Serve with tall straws.