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Raspberry Tom Collins

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Ready to elevate your cocktail game with a fresh and zesty twist? Then prepare to mix up the Raspberry Tom Collins, a fruity spin on the iconic drink that’s perfect for those days when you’re craving a flavorful yet light libation. This version keeps the spirit of the classic alive while introducing a sweet and slightly spicy note that promises to satisfy with each sip.

The Tom Collins has been a staple in the cocktail world since the late 19th century. Originally made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water, it’s cherished for its refreshing simplicity. This Raspberry Tom Collins pays homage to this timeless recipe while adding a dash of novelty with raspberries and ginger liqueur.

To start, fresh raspberries are muddled directly in the cocktail shaker, releasing their juicy, tart essence. This provides the foundation of our cocktail’s fruit-forward character. Next, a good pour of gin brings a crisp, piney depth that complements the berries’ brightness beautifully. Gin’s botanicals subtly weave through the drink, highlighting notes of juniper and hints of floral or citrus, depending on the gin you choose.

A splash of ginger liqueur introduces a warm, spicy zing that contrasts nicely with the cooler elements. It’s this ginger note that sets our Raspberry Tom Collins apart, offering a slight kick that tickles the palate. Then, a bit of raspberry syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice are added to balance the sweet and sour components, creating a lovely blend of flavors.

Once shaken with ice, the mixture is strained over fresh ice in a highball glass, then topped off with club soda to bring that quintessential fizz. The final touch? A few fresh raspberries tossed in for an appealing garnish and an extra burst of fresh berry flavor.

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Step 1: Muddle some fresh raspberries in a cocktail shaker.

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Step 2: Pour in the gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup topped with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 3: Fill a highball glass with ice along with 3-4 fresh raspberries.

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Step 4: Strain the mixture into the glass and top off with club soda.

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Step 5: Garnish with a slice of lemon.

So there you have it—a fresh take on a classic that’s sure to impress. It’s a cocktail that invites you to savor the moment, enjoy good company, and relish the delightful interplay of ingredients.

Raspberry Tom Collins

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Muddle some fresh raspberries in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Step 2 – Pour in the gin, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup topped with ice. Shake until chilled.
  3. Step 3 – Fill a highball glass with ice along with 3-4 fresh raspberries.
  4. Step 4 – Strain the mixture into the glass and top off with club soda.
  5. Step 5 – Garnish with a slice of lemon.

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