This holiday weekend was a bit of a respite from the HOT weather we’ve had the last couple weeks. The humidity still gets to you, though, and the only thing that hits the spot is a cold, crisp drink. Since it was a holiday weekend, we made fresh cocktails.
I’ve heard of a Tom Collins before, but I hadn’t made a Tex Collins- not only was it delicious and refreshing, I was able to use some fresh rosemary from my herb garden. I think rosemary, gin, and grapefruit juice make an absolutely smashing combination, and the honey only elevates it. I thought it was just perfect on a disgustingly hot summer evening!
My version of a Tex Collins:
- A shot or two of gin (we have New Amsterdam, which is mid-level and good for mixing)
- A tablespoon or so of honey
- The juice of half a grapefruit
- Club soda/seltzer
- 2-4 cubes ice
- A sprig of rosemary
Squeeze the grapefruit into a jar or other vessel, and mix in the honey. Swirl and stir until the honey is dissolved, then muddle in a few rosemary leaves. Add gin. Put ice into your serving glass, and pour the mixture over. Top up the glass with club soda, and garnish with the rest of your rosemary sprig. Enjoy!