Replacing gin, this vodka cocktail is a refreshing re-do of the classic 1860’s drink. It’s the perfect refreshment for a warm spring evening or to use up whatever hootch you stockpiled for quarantine or to use as hand sanitizer.
Look, I get it. We are in the midst of stressful times – coronavirus, the economy, the uncertainty, self-isolation, quarantine. Its scary stuff. The ‘what-ifs’ are enough to want to drown your fears in a bottle of alcohol. Please don’t. It won’t help and will leave you feeling ill, maybe even depressed.
However, one delicious cocktail to enjoy at the end of the day, hopefully with someone you love, is a lovely way to do a bit of ‘self-care’. I can even justify that using freshly squeezed lemon juice, full of Vitamin C is immune boosting. Make it something to look forward to – a time to stop, sit and appreciate what you DO have right now.
Everyone is making a ‘quarantini’ cocktail these days. While I love the idea and humor if it, some of the concoctions use Energen-C products as mixers. I can’t bring myself to even try them.
Thus, a vodka cocktail is my solution.
WHAT IS IN A VODKA TOM COLLINS?
Obviously, we start with vodka.
Then pour in lemon juice, or whatever citrus is your favorite and some kind of sweetener. I like making a simple syrup, which is 1 cup of water and ½ cup sugar that is boiled together until the sugar dissolves. Store this in your refrigerator and use it in cocktails, iced coffee, or iced tea.
Finish your cocktail with a splash of club soda, tonic water, or even Sprite or 7-up. You may want to eliminate or reduce the simple syrup.
VARIATIONS TO A TOM COLLINS
Play with the alcohol used. Gin and tequila are obvious choices, but whiskey, rum, or brandy would also work well.
Try flavoring the simple syrup with herbs like rosemary, basil, or even lavender by steeping the fresh herb in the syrup while you cool it off. This adds a ‘craft cocktail’ flair to your drink.
Any citrus will work – lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit. Splash in a bit of other juice as well to change it up a bit. Cherry juice, cranberry, or blueberry juices would be tasty.