The Tom Collins is a classic gin cocktail made with lemon juice, sugar, and club soda. It's great for a summer sipper, but I wanted a fall version. The obvious solution: herb it up. P.S. I've totally made a bootleg tailgating version with Publix lemonade. Don't judge me.
Check to see if there's one near you! It's not timed; it's a fun run if ever there was one.
Later that day I met up with some of my dear friends at SC Pride. The headliner was Chad Michaels from Ru Paul's Drag Race (Actually if memory serves me Sheena Easton might've been the actual headliner). I'd never seen her perform, but I'm down for anyone that does a good Cher. The show did not disappoint, and I got a souvenir cup out of the deal. Win-win in my book.
I think a pretty lemon garnish adds a nice touch. I'm really in love with the subtle sage flavor against the gin. It might be my new go-to cocktail.
Sage Tom Collins (makes 1 cocktail)
2 tbs sage simple syrup (recipe follows)
Juice from 1 1/2 lemons
1 oz gin
Lemon slice for garnish
- In a tumbler filled with ice, pour in the simple syrup. Add the lemon juice and gin. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Sage Simple Syrup (makes about 1/4 cup)
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c water
2-3 sage leaves
1 (2-inch) lemon peel
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water, sage leaves, and lemon peel. Stir and cook over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the sage leaves steep 3-4 more minutes.