Tom Collins – a cocktail that won’t break the calorie bank.

I had the pleasure of a Zoom based gin master class with the Bombay Sapphire team and in this I discovered a drink called a Tom Collins.

This is a proper cocktail that can be no syns up to 6 syns (for those SW followers like me). To have no syns you would need to use no alcoholic gin and sweetener / no sugar syrups but this recipe will use gin (but refer to alternatives)

You can personalise your drink though the choice of fruit you use, what type of sweetened substance you choose (even honey or posh cordial can be used). You can also add spices like cinnamon and fennel seeds. This drink can be different every time you make it.

Ingredients:

  • 35 ml gin (replace for no-alcohol gin if you wish)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, 30-50ml (or lime/pink grapefruit)
  • 2 tsps of caster sugar/flavoured syrups (including sugar free)/honey/posh cordial
  • Soft fruit of you choice
  • 100ml chilled soda water
  • Lots of ice

Method:

2 tsps of sugar /sweetener/flavoured/syrup/honey/posh cordial.
Add 50ml of citric juice (approx half a lemon). You can also lime, pink grapefruit etc. Stir the mix throughly.
Add 35ml of gin. You can also use no-alcohol gin. And again stir throughly you can also add spices like cinnamon and fennel seeds as well as fresh herbs like mint, basil and rosemary.
Add your soft fruit of choice.
Crush the fruit and then stir the mix thoroughly.
Fill the glass with glass ice until sitting above the edge of the glass. Don’t be timid at this point.
Fill the glass with soda water. Pouring it down the spiralled spoon keeps the fizz in your drink better but is not essential.
Stir thoroughly, add a slice and enjoy.

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