Collins are very simple cocktails, made with a combination of spirit, lemon juice and simple syrup, topped up with soda water. They are a wonderful alternative to a G&T.
The most famous of this style of cocktail, the Tom Collins, is made using Old Tom Gin. It’s an easy drink to put your own twist on and this Rosemary Collins is one of my favourites.
Ingredients for a Rosemary Collins
30ml gin (I used Cousin Vera’s gin, but KIS Wild gin or Gin Mare would also work well)
20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
10ml Rosemary syrup*
*To make the rosemary syrup, gently heat one cup of sugar with one cup of water. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat, add two large sprigs of fresh rosemary to the pan and cover. Leave for 2 hours. Remove rosemary and strain rosemary syrup into an airtight bottle.
Add all of the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake until cold. Strain into a tall, chilled glass and add ice. Top up with soda water and garnish with a slice of lemon and a rosemary sprig. Enjoy!
(If you want a stronger rosemary flavour, you could muddle a rosemary sprig in the bottom of the cocktail shaker before adding the liquids.)