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Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe

Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe

If you’ve ever ordered a Tom Collins on a hot summer day, a Lavender Collins builds upon this refreshment with the addition of lavender syrup. It elevates the flavor in an elegant way, not to mention, adds a pretty pop of color to your libation.

The calming notes of lavender make for a relaxed vibe. But where did this drink come from? The Tom Collins in its original format is yet another thing England and the United States squabble over. Unfortunately, we may never know who to credit for the classic Tom Collins.

It was first mentioned in the New and Improved Bartender’s Manual from Harry Johnson in 1882. However, there’s also the Tom Collins Hoax of 1874. This was a running practical joke in which you’d tell someone that a man by the name of Tom Collins had just been insulting them. Then you’d tell them that this Tom Collins who’d laid down the insults was over at one of the nearby bars.

Amusing, indeed, though it doesn’t take away from the fact that a Tom Collins in the form of a cocktail is really like a sparkling lemonade infused with alcohol to make grownups happy.

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By 1878, the Tom Collins could be found in bars everywhere. Then in 1891, gum syrup that was used in the recipe was swapped out for sugar. Old Tom gin was also used back then which may be where the meaning behind this name comes from.

Some may say it is similar to a gin fizz. It does have the same combination with gin, sugar, lemon juice, and soda. However, Tom Collins in the original way has more lemon which is why it is more akin to a lemonade with gin rather than a gin and soda. For something sweeter, you’d want a Tom Collins but for something more bitter, a gin fizz is the way to go.

And if you want that sweeter adult-style lemonade heightened with floral notes, then the Lavender Collins is what you need to make. With homemade lavender syrup that takes no time at all to prepare, you’ll add that to your gin and lemon juice. A splash of sparkling water gives it that bubbling sensation while the flavors come together for an elegant drink everyone will enjoy.

If you don’t have gin on hand, you can get these delivered – along with beer, wine, and other essentials in under 60 minutes using a service like Drizly covering 1500+ cities in the US.

Serve it up on hot days or nights for the perfect refreshment while watching French films. Making a pitcher of it for a crowd, perhaps for your backyard barbecue or pool party, will surely be appreciated by everyone. Though for a smaller gathering or even a bridal or baby shower, adding pretty garnishes like fresh lavender flowers and a slice of lemon create a stunning presentation that’s fitting for the occasion.

Purple Lavender Syrup

Finally, a note on the fresh ingredients: lemon and lavender. For years we have traveled the world and wondered how the same cocktails could taste so vastly different. A mojito in Cuba tastes nothing like that of one in Providence, for example. We originally chalked this up to the romance of an exotic locale, the view, the scent of the air – or the longing for home, but then we realized it actually might come down to something far more tangible: the fresh ingredients.

While spirits are largely standardized around the globe, a citrus grown in Miami will taste nothing like those grown in Auckland. And the same goes for lavender.

And for this reason, it is hard to make blanket statements regarding quantities required, and we recommend tasting the lemon first to make sure it isn’t a great deal acidic or sweeter than normal. You might even want to test a few various strengths for your Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe and add a little more or less lemon, depending on your desired taste. The same goes for the lavender.

Other citrus-based cocktails like the Lemon & Basil Martini or Prohibition-Era White Lady Cocktail have the same issue but don’t be put off. Over time you will become an expert in your local lemon strength – if you are not already!

To complete, you ideally would have a sprig of fresh lavender and a slice of lemon which adds the perfect garnish to this visually pleasing cocktail. Try sticking the lavender to the side of the lemon for a stunning pop of colors and beauty – or use ice cubes with lemon chunks frozen in. Toast to the good times ahead with those you love or simply spoil yourself with a concoction that rewards you for all your efforts.

Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe
Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe
Yield: 1 cocktail (plus syrup for many more)

Light & Bubbly Lavender Collins Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Sometimes you want something a little fizzy, a little more floral, a little - different.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cold seltzer
  • 2 ounces London-dry gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lavender syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: lavender spring and lemon wheel

Instructions

  1. Gather your ingredients (make Lavender Simple Syrup ahead of time if needed).
  2. Pur the cold seltzer into your glass - preferably a Collins glass.
  3. Add lemon juice, gin, and lavender syrup in a shaker with ice.
  4. Short shake for 5 seconds.
  5. Strain into cold seltzer.
  6. Add ice cubes to glass to fill.
  7. Garnish with lemon wheel and lavender.

Notes

Typically a Lavender Collins (and a Tom Collins) is topped with cold seltzer but this can result in a drink with a very mixed flavor profile - especially if drinking through a straw. Our method ensures an effectively mixed cocktail with no stirring required.

The seltzer you used needs to be cold. Room temperature seltzer allows the bubbles to escape quickly and you are only diluting the drink.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Sugar: 1g

Calculated nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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