classic cocktails: tom collins

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 lover tolerator??

tom colllins

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: moderate
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classic cocktails: tom collins


  • 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


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the shaker and shake until cold.
  2. Fill Collins glass with ice. Strain into the ice filled glasses.
  3. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon/orange wheels and a maraschino cherry.
  4. Serve with tall straws.
  5. Enjoy!


gin tasting

gin tastingThis year our friend Paul had the genius idea to follow up last year’s vodka tasting with a gin tasting. As if last year’s vodka tasting wasn’t painful enough. I at least enjoy vodka. Gin however is up there on my list of least favourite things to ingest (second only to olives, so clearly dirty martinis are out of the question for me!). I kept an open mind though and thought to myself maybe if I try a few neat I can find a new appreciation for gin?

Each of the men contributed a different gin (hubby brought Death’s Door distilled in our new home state of Wisconsin) and here are the results…If you’re hoping to find some intelligent tasting notes on gin in this blogpost you’re going to be disappointed.

Dillon’s – a Christmas tree soaked in rubbing alcohol
Broker’s – less rubbing alcohol, more Christmas tree
Bombay Sapphire – less Christmas tree, more rubbing alcohol
Death’s Door – death! I’d rather die than drink this again!

The men had significantly more intelligent tasting notes, maybe next time we do one of these I’ll record them.

Closing notes:
– Broker’s was the least painful
– I think I should abstain from future spirit tastings.

throwback thursday – vodka tasting

This pic is from our vodka tasting at the cottage last year. This was a painful experience and something I swore I would never do again, and I like vodka! We are up at the cottage for the next 2 weeks and somehow I’ve been talked into participating in a gin tasting next week. I can hardly wait *note sarcasm here*. Maybe this experience will give me a greater appreciation for gin…or not.

To be continued…

Vodka Tasting

Vodka Tasting at the Cottage 2013