Have a little fun with an old classic; infuse some of your favorite herbs into a simple Tom Collins.
Making cocktails for a crowd? Consider this build-your-own cocktail idea, a simple spin on the classic Tom Collins.
Set up a drink-making station with fresh citrus, a variety of herb-infused simple syrups, soda water, white rum (and/or the traditional gin), fresh herbs for garnish, and a large bowl of ice. Make a display card with the basic recipe (see below) and let each person create their own Collins. Try grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes for the citrus paired with rosemary, thyme, lavender, and mint simple syrups.
It’s a beautiful display and your guests will discover new combinations as they mix and match ingredients.
- 1½ oz Copper Run White Rum
- 1 oz citrus juice
- ½ oz herb simple syrup
- soda water to taste
- herbs, for garnish
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- herbs (8 thyme sprigs or 4 rosemary sprigs or ¼ cup dried lavender buds or ⅓ cup packed mint leaves)
- Combine rum, citrus juice and simple syrup in an ice filled glass and stir.
- Add soda water to taste then garnish with fresh herbs.
- Combine sugar, water and herbs of choice in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a simmer and stir frequently until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat, cover and let cool to room temperature.
- Strain into a clean glass jar or bottle.
- Refrigerate for up to 1 week.