This is our Barossa slant on a cocktail classic, the Tom Collins. It’s wonderfully refreshing and dangerously drinkable, perfect for afternoons!
Technically we have taken this from a traditional Collins in the direction of a Gin Fizz, but lets not let technicalities get in the way of a good cocktail.
You will need:
50ml Barossa Distilling’s Generations Dry Gin (you could use other Citrus driven Gin’s but why compromise!
15ml Maggie Beer Verjuice.
15ml Bickford’s Lime
15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice.
15ml Simple Sugar Syrup*
2 Dashes of Orange Bitters (Optional, but adds a depth of flavor)
Fresh Mint Leaves
Half a slice of Blood Orange if available or other Orange varietal if not.
Put 3-4 cubes of ice into a cocktail shaker.
Add a couple of dashes of Orange Bitters, followed by Gin, Verjuice, Lime juice, Lemon juice and Sugar Syrup.
Do your best Bryan Brown/Tom Cruise impression and give the shaker a really good shake.
Part fill your glass with ice (Collins or High Ball glasses work well, but any glass will do)
Strain the contents of your shaker, except the ice, into your glass.
Add soda water to taste and Garnish with the Mint and Blood Orange.
Put your feet up and enjoy in the afternoon sun.
*Simple Sugar Syrup
You can buy from a bottle shop but it is very simple to make yourself. Mix 1 cup (240ml) water with 1 cup (200g) white sugar. Combine in a medium saucepan, bring to the boil stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Decant and cool. Once bottled it will keep for at least a few weeks.