Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins
The Tom Collins was invented in New York City in 1874, when cocktails first became fashionable. Like a fancy tom Collins, this drink is all about bright, summery flavors - basil, lemon, and this particular gin's unusual hints of rose, peach, and raspberry. "This is the drink you want after you've been outside all day in the sun," says John McCarthy of Whitehall restaurant in New York. "It's t hat refreshing pick-me-up you have before you sit down for dinner." Pair it with a basil salad with grilled chicken and vinaigrette. "It works so well with the cocktail because they both focus on simple flavors," says McCarthy.
- 6 lemons, cut into wedges and muddled
- 8 teaspoons honey
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- 24 fresh basil leaves
- 1 1⁄2 cups dry gin (use Nolet's Silver)
- 1⁄2 cup club soda
- 1 honey comb, cut into 1/2-inch chunks (to garnish) (optional)
- Add all ingredients in a large pitcher and stir gently. Serve in collins glasses filled with ice. If desired, garnish each glass with a chunk of honeycomb skewered on a toothpick.