Tonight's Cocktail - Limoncello Collins

Larry Trask / Tuesday, June 18, 2013 @ 6 a.m. / Cocktail

This is a summer drink, plain and simple. I mean, no one's saying you can't enjoy this in November. It's tangy, it's light and it's refreshing, but to me, lemon is the flavor of summer and with this delightfully classy cocktail and your next garden party, you'll know the summer is officially upon us (even though, officially, it's not until Thursday).

The Collins was probaby named after bartender John Collins of London's Limmer's Hotel. The Tom Collins was originally made with Old Tom, a sweet style of gin that's extremely hard to find today. Just use regular ole gin and you'll be fine.  

Tip:  You can make your own limoncello, which will save a few bucks and add a bit of personal satisfaction. Recipe here.

Limoncello Collins (Recipe Is For One Pitcher)

 16 ounces limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
12 ounces gin
8 ounces fresh lemon juice
24 paper–thin lemon slices
16 ounces chilled club soda
8 mint sprigs

In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.