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The Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz – Two Classic Cocktails Still Very Much in Style!

The Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz – Two Classic Cocktails Still Very Much in Style!

It’s the end of the Labor Day weekend and according to my Grandmother this is the last weekend that we could – or should wear white. That rule has loosened as fashion trends have updated but luckily these two classic cocktails have never gone out of style!

The Tom Collins and the Gin Fizz have legacies dating back over a century. There are variations of both recipes, especially for the Gin Fizz. But with several key components in common, setting up a gin cocktail bar showcasing these two iconic beverages is quick and easy. Start each with simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and a great gin.

Gin is such a spirited libation full of botanical notes including juniper berries, cardamom and coriander. There are many wonderful gins on the market but I tend to gravitate back to Plymouth Gin. Its beautiful notes make it perfect for blending or for making a basic gin and tonic. Simple syrup is a staple I keep on hand in my fridge. You can’t make a great sweet tea without it and many wonderful cocktails use this luscious nectar. To turn up the flavor, toss in fresh herbs or citrus.

And since we have lemons in both these delightful cocktails, I add fresh lemon to create a lemon-infused simple syrup.

The Gin Fizz has one unique ingredient – egg whites. If you’re concerned about consuming fresh, raw eggs just grab a carton of pasteurized egg whites in the dairy case. Add fresh club or lemon soda, some vigorous shaking with ice and you have a frothy, chilled citrusy cocktail.

The Tom Collins is even easier to make. Shake gin with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and ice until thoroughly mixed and well chilled. Pour into a tall glass over ice. Simply delicious!

Grab some lemons, mix up a cocktail or two and say hello to September!

Tom Collins

¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, 4-1/2 teaspoons

¾ ounce lemon-infused simple syrup, 4-1/2 teaspoons

1-1/2 ounces good gin, about 3 tablespoons

Ice

Lemon strips for garnish

Add the lemon juice, the simple syrup and the gin to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake vigorously until mixed and well chilled.

Strain the drink into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon strips.

And say cheers!

Gin Fizz

1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon

¾ ounce lemon infused simple syrup, 4-1/2 teaspoons

1 egg white or 3 teaspoons pasteurized egg whites

2 tablespoons lemon soda or club soda

2 ounces good gin, ¼ cup

Ice

Lemon slices for garnish

Add the lemon juice, the simple syrup, egg whites, lemon soda and the gin to a cocktail shaker.

Fill with ice and shake vigorously until frothy and well chilled.

Strain the cocktail into a coupe or highball glass. Top with a bit of the froth if desired. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Lemon-Infused Simple Syrup

3 cups sugar

2 cups water

1 whole lemon, sliced

Mix the sugar with the water in a small saucepan. Add the sliced lemon and heat over medium until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Refrigerate simple syrup until needed.

The Tom Collins, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

September 3, 2018
: one cocktail

Gin with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and ice, shaken until thoroughly mixed and well chilled. Simply delicious!

By:

Ingredients
  • ¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, 4-1/2 teaspoons
  • ¾ ounce lemon-infused simple syrup, 4-1/2 teaspoons
  • 1-1/2 ounces good gin, about 3 tablespoons
  • Ice
  • Lemon strips for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the lemon juice, the simple syrup and the gin to a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2 Fill with ice and shake vigorously until mixed and well chilled.
  • Step 3 Strain the drink into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon strips.

The Gin Fizz, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

September 3, 2018
: 1 to 2 cocktails

The Gin Fizz has one unique ingredient – egg whites. Add fresh club or lemon soda, some vigorous shaking with ice and you have a frothy, chilled citrusy cocktail.

By:

Ingredients
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 tablespoon
  • ¾ ounce lemon infused simple syrup, 4-1/2 teaspoons
  • 1 egg white or 3 teaspoons pasteurized egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons lemon soda or club soda
  • 2 ounces good gin, ¼ cup
  • Ice
  • Lemon slices for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Add the lemon juice, the simple syrup, egg whites, lemon soda and the gin to a cocktail shaker.
  • Step 2 Fill with ice and shake vigorously until frothy and well chilled.
  • Step 3 Strain the cocktail into a coupe or highball glass. Top with a bit of the froth if desired. Garnish with a lemon slice.
  • Step 4 If you’re concerned about using fresh eggs, grab pasteurized egg whites in the dairy section of your market.
  • Step 5 Makes 1 to 2 cocktails depending on your choice of serving glass.

Lemon-Infused Simply Syrup, courtesy of Preserving Good Stock

September 3, 2018

You can’t make a great sweet tea without it and many wonderful cocktails use this luscious nectar. To turn up the flavor, toss in fresh lemons.

By:

Ingredients
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 whole lemon, sliced
Directions
  • Step 1 Mix the sugar with the water in a small saucepan.
  • Step 2 Add the sliced lemon and heat over medium until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Step 3 Refrigerate simple syrup until needed.


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