In this scorching summer heat, what you need is a refreshing cocktail that will help to cool you down. A great cocktail drink for the summer months is the Tom Collins. It is a gin based cocktail which is quite popular amongst people. Tom Collins is quite simple to prepare once you have all the ingredients at your disposal.
If you are having a small cocktail party at your place, then you can definitely include this gin mixed drink for your party. For people who love gin and lemon based drinks, the Tom Collins is sure to be a hit. Here we bring to you the recipe for preparing this refreshing drink.
Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe
Serving size: 1
Level of difficulty: Easy
Time for preparation: 5 minutes (additional type for making sugar syrup)
1 ½ oz. Dry gin
1 teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup water
1 lemon slice
Method For Preparation
The first step in making an awesome Tom Collins cocktail is to make the sugar syrup. Although you can purchase sugar syrup from a store, it is quite simple to make sugar syrup at home. In a medium-sized saucepan, add the sugar and water and heat is over a low flame. Shake the pan occasionally, but make sure that you do not stir the mixture. Once the sugar dissolves, turn the heat to medium and then let it simmer for 10-12 minutes. Once the sugar mixture reaches a syrupy consistency, remove mixture from the flame and let it cool completely. You can pop the sugar syrup into the refrigerator for this.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, dry gin and two tablespoons of the sugar syrup. Add a few ice cubes to the shaker and give it a good shake so that all the ingredients of the cocktail combine well. Take a Collins glass or any long glass and strain the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass. Add ice cubes and top the glass with club soda and give it a quick stir. Garnish the cocktail with a Maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon.
A popular variation of the Tom Collins cocktail is the Grand Orange Collins. It is citrusy in flavour due to the addition of orange juice and orange liqueur. Here is the recipe for Grand Orange Collins.
Grand Orange Collins
Serving Size: 1
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time for Preparation: 5 minutes
1 ½ oz. Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)
1 ½ oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar syrup
1 oz. Club soda
1 orange slice
Method For Making Grand Orange Collins
In a cocktail shaker, add the Grand Marnier, freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Add a few ice cubes and shake it. Strain mixture into a long Collins glass filled with ice cubes and top with club soda. Stir mixture and garnish with a thin slice of orange.
Tom Collins cocktail is always served on the rocks. It is a very refreshing drink and works well for the summers.