Hey everyone! It’s Ali from Gimme Some Oven, back to share another cheers-worthy recipe with you in our Month of Drinks. In case you missed it, we began with a healthy (and non-alcoholic) Green Pina Colada Smoothie, followed by some lovely Strawberry Sangria. Then this week, we are moving on to one of my favorite drinks for summer — a classic Tom Collins.
Just in case any of you aren’t familiar with ol’ Tom, this drink is basically fresh-squeezed lemonade with a hint of gin. It’s super quick and easy to make, and is the perfect refreshing drink to serve on hot summer days.
But since I am admittedly obsessed with all things ginger, especially in my drinks (hello, fridge full of ginger beer!), I decided to whip up a quick homemade ginger simple syrup to stir in with this drink and turn it into a spiked ginger lemonade. And oh Tom, I’m pretty sure we have a winner. Here’s how to make one for yourself!
I basically followed this classic Tom Collins recipe that can be found here on Better Homes and Gardens’ site. It calls for gin (I recommend using a good gin, like Hendrick’s), fresh lemons (trust me – it’s so worth the squeeze to use fresh rather than bottled juice), and sparkling water.
But instead of sugar, I decided to make a ginger simple syrup using sugar, water, and fresh ginger.
To make your simple syrup, just stir 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water and 4 ounces fresh ginger (peeled and thinly sliced) together in a saucepan until combined. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for at least 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and strain out the ginger pieces. Then your simple syrup is ready to go!
I added 1 tablespoon of the ginger simple syrup to the recipe.
So to make the Ginger Tom Collins, just combine your simple syrup, gin and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker, and shake with some ice for a few seconds. Then pour it over ice.
And then top with some sparkling water. And if you want — a cherry on top. :)
My friends were mega fans of this one. So I will definitely be using up that leftover ginger simple syrup to make more soon. Hope you enjoy!
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