Wet Bar Wednesday – Tom Collins

I’m not doing much drinking this week, what with it being Holy Week and all.  The drinks will flow more profusely next week.  Or, more accurately, starting at about 1:00 PM Sunday afternoon.  Feel free to join me!

In the meantime, I checked with my default online drink database to see the most searched drink of the past week.  The winner?  
And before I tell you the winner, and hopefully before you go to the webtender.com link above, be forewarned:  people who drink a lot tend to give really rude, obnoxious, obscene, and offensive names to their concoctions.  Be forewarned.  Be VERY forewarned.  
However, the Tom Collins is innocuous enough.  The name of the drink dates back to at least the latter part of the mid-19th century, and was first reported in a drink book in 1876.  If you aren’t sure what you’re in the mood for, this is probably a good option for you.  
This is a light, refreshing drink that’s great on a hot day.  Basically it’s a sparkling lemonade with gin.  I’m not a huge fan of gin, but it’s OK here.  I generally opt for Bombay Sapphire or Hendricks for my gin.  Both are pricier, but cleaner tasting (to me), and therefore more palatable.  Hendricks Gin is a very different sort of gin (made with cucumbers) that I find much easier on the taste buds for martinis and other gin-heavy drinks.  
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar (superfine is usually what is called for, so that it dissolves quickly & completely)
  • 3 oz club soda
  • cherry & orange slice to garnish
Put the gin, lemon juice and sugar into a shaker with a little ice and shake well (to completely dissolve the sugar).  If you prefer, you can substitute agave or stevia for the sugar, but you’ll want to use less since they’re sweeter than sugar.  Fill a tall (collins) glass with ice.  Strain the shaken mixture into the glass.  Top with club soda, garnish with the cherry and orange slice.  It’s pretty to look at, easy to drink, and very refreshing.  Enjoy!

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