This article was published on April 26th, 2019
There are standard cocktail recipes and then there are those time-honored drinks that may have grown out of the popular favor over the years. It’s becoming rarer and rarer for bar patrons to order the famous Tom Collins. Though just 10-20 years ago, the adult beverage was so popular, there’s a character named after him in the 90s musical RENT. It’s high time this old dog of a standard cocktail learned a new trick or too and the recipe got turnt.
It’s not always easy tweaking with something so well-known like recipe for a famous cocktail. But a revamping is exactly what Mr. Collins ordered with the reinvention of itself into the Lavender Collins. Call it a new beginning, or just a temporary drink in accordance with the spring and blossom season, but the Lavender Collins could become your next staple drink—it’s that good and different, while still holding onto the roots of the recipe.
Lavender might just be the flavor of the season—if not the year—and there is no better way to enjoy this aromatic and sweet tasting flower than on a mountainside covered in the flower. Or having lavender in a cocktail. You’ll be overwhelmed at how earthy and pleasant it tastes, without straying too far from hints of the OG Tom Collins.
What you’ll need:
- 1 ½ oz gin
- ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz lavender simple syrup
- 3 oz club soda
Add gin, lemon juice and lavender simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with lavender sprig.