Today, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite cocktail recipes: the John Collins. This classic drink is a close relative of the famous Tom Collins, but with a slight twist. It’s a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
Let’s dive into the recipe and get ready to mix up some deliciousness!
To make a John Collins, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 ounces of gin
- 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
- Club soda
- Lemon wedge, for garnish
- Ice cubes
Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to mix up our John Collins:
- Fill a Collins glass (or any tall glass) with ice cubes. This will ensure your drink stays nice and cold throughout.
- Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Give it a gentle stir to combine all the flavors.
- Top it off with club soda, leaving some room at the top for garnish and fizz.
- Garnish your John Collins with a lemon wedge. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it also enhances the citrusy aroma.
- Give it a final stir to incorporate the garnish, and your John Collins is ready to be enjoyed!
Pro tip: If you prefer your drink a bit sweeter, you can always adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste. Feel free to experiment and find the perfect balance for your palate!
My Personal Touch:
As a fan of cocktails, I always love adding my personal touch to classic recipes like the John Collins. One variation I enjoy is using different types of gin to bring unique flavors to the drink. Whether it’s a floral gin or a spicier one, the choice of gin can elevate the overall taste of the cocktail.
Additionally, I like to muddle a few fresh herbs, such as mint or basil, in the glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. This adds a subtle herbaceous note that pairs beautifully with the citrusy flavors of the John Collins.
The John Collins is a cocktail that never fails to impress. With its refreshing taste and citrusy kick, it’s a perfect choice for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply want to unwind after a long day, this classic drink is a fantastic choice.
So go ahead, gather your ingredients, and mix up a delicious John Collins. Cheers to enjoying a timeless cocktail with a personal touch!