This straightforward cocktail is perfect for any occasion, especially when made with local, organic ingredients! There’s no need for using the mixes, premade syrups, or prepackaged juices cocktail recipes often call for. Instead, I use homemade simple syrup made from natural, unprocessed sugar, fresh squeezed citrus, and locally distilled gin to craft my take on the Tom Collins.
Makes 1 drink
2 oz. Gin
¾ oz. Lemon juice
¾ oz. Homemade simple syrup (never fear — it’s called simple syrup for a reason!)
Splash of seltzer
Plenty of ice
Lemon wedge for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Add in all ingredients.
Shake, shake, shake.
Draw a line. (Insider Tip: That’s how you know it’s cold enough!)
Strain and pour.
Finish with a splash of seltzer and a lemon for garnish.
Sip and enjoy.
PS If you want to find out more about my experience composting at a local farm, I've uploaded pictures here!