As the weather warms up, I for one am definitely feeling a cocktail now and then. While I do enjoy a beer and sometimes a glass of wine, a cocktail somehow feels that bit more special. They don’t necessarily need to be complicated or take long, either. This raspberry collins cocktail is the perfect fit – easy to make, without any advance prep, and gently fruity and refreshing. Perfect for summer, in other words.
When I volunteered to host today’s Foodie Extravaganza, I wasn’t immediately drawn to a particular food holiday so I opened it up to a vote. It was close, but gin won. I had wondered about being a little more creative and cooking with gin, but in the end I decided to go for a twist on a classic cocktail, the Tom Collins.
What is a Tom Collins?
A Tom Collins is traditionally made with gin, lemon, simple syrup and club soda. The origins are apparently a bit unclear, but it appeared in an 1876 bartenders’ guide, so it is certainly a classic. These days some bars make it with vodka instead of gin, as I guess some prefer. But being brought up in a house where a G&T was your typical pre-dinner drink on Sundays, it had to be gin for me.
My first experience of this drink, though, wasn’t the classic but a raspberry collins cocktail, and other fruity versions, at a small bar in London a few years ago. The bar was tiny, with about as many pinball soccer/football tables as actual tables, but it was packed with character and color. Plus, they made some great cocktails. The people I was with recommended the berry Collins and I could see why.
Despite that, and especially since this is so easy to make, I haven’t made it before now. In all honesty I forgot about it, apart from briefly remembering when I made a strawberry collins a little while back. But I have been getting a bit more back into cocktails recently, like my blueberry cocktail, paloma cocktail and white sangria with whiskey. It was only a matter of time before I remembered these. I’ve made a slight variation by using a mix of lemon and lime, as well as honey, as I think the flavors work well, but you can go purist if you like. It will be good either way.
This raspberry collins cocktail now might have to become a bit more of a regular thing, it’s got so much going for it. Easy, refreshing, and with a lovely fruitiness. Not to mention a gorgeous color. It’s a highly sipable drink perfect for warmer days.
Raspberry collins cocktail
- 6 raspberries
- 2 tsp honey (or fine sugar)
- 1 1/2 oz gin 45ml
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice (or more lemon)
- club soda (or soda water)
- Muddle the raspberries and honey in the bottom of a tall glass (Collins/hi-ball).
- Add a few ice cubes then add the gin, lemon and lime. Stir to mix a little. Top up the glass with club soda and gently stir.
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See all the other gin-spiration for today’s Foodie Extravaganza:
- Bulago Gin Breeze from Food Lust People Love
- Gin-Steamed Bratwurst with Kraut Slaw from Palatable Pastime
- Grapefruit Salty Dog with Fizz from Hardly A Goddess
- Jamuntini from Sneha’s Recipes
- Raspberry Collins Cocktail from Caroline’s Cooking (you’re here!)
- Shrimp Martini from A Day in the Life on the Farm
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