The Collins is one of my favorite warm weather cocktails. It's incredibly refreshing, and super easy to make. There are many variations, but the classic started with gin, sugar, lemon and soda water. The main difference between a Collins and a Fizz is that the Fizz is first shaken, and then not served with ice, where a Collins is not shaken, but is served with ice. Potato/Potahtoh. The drink is a close relative to the Rickey, which, essentially adds lime in place of the lemon.
The Collins is a great place to experiment with adding infused syrups to your drinks. You can add so much flavor with a syrup and in the case of this Rhubarb one I made, it can add a lovely color as well. I think I mentioned previously, I LOVE me some rhubarb. It's bright, tart, and oh so pretty in summer cocktails. I use it as often as possible when it's in season, since the season for it is not particularly long.
For this drink I wanted to switch things up a bit and give it a little something special with the look. After squeezing out the lemon for the recipe, I added the spent lemon half to the glass just above the ice, forming a seal to float the soda over on the top. It's a fun party trick, just be careful when you go to dislodge it. You don't want to spill it everywhere or break your glass by pushing too hard.
- 2 oz London Dry Gin ( I used Beefeater)
- 1 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz Rhubarb Syrup
- Rosemary (optional, for garnish)
Add the Gin, Lemon Juice, and Rhubarb Syrup to your Collins Glass and stir. Add ice about half way up glass. Carefully place your spent Lemon half into the glass over the ice, skin side up, until it forms a seal. (If your lemon is too big, or your glass is too small, this won't work, but generally Meyer Lemons are fairly small and should work. Also, if you squeezed really hard to juice your Lemon, you might need to use the unsqueezed half to get it to stay in the glass properly.) Once you've got a complete seal, top your drink off with soda water and garnish with a sprig of Rosemary, or whatever pretty herbs you might have around the house. Use your straw to carefully loosen the seal on the lemon and enjoy!