Sweet, citrusy and ultra refreshing --- this strawberry-basil Tom Collins puts a unique, sophisticated spin on a classic gin cocktail. With its dainty pink hue, garden-fresh basil and ripe strawberries, this oh-so-pretty Tom Collins is full of summer's best flavors and always sure to impress. Bring on happy hour because you and your friends will love sipping this cocktail on warm summer nights.
For Strawberry-Basil Simple Syrup
2 cups strawberries, halved and tops removed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
For Strawberry-Basil Tom Collins
2 ounces gin (see note)
1 ounce strawberry-basil simple syrup
1/2 lemon, juiced
Club soda, for topping
Fresh strawberries, for garnish, optional
Fresh basil, for garnish, optional
- For the simple syrup, simmer the strawberries, sugar, water and basil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar and mash the strawberries as the syrup cooks to help incorporate the strawberry flavor. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove from heat. Steep for at least 10 minutes or until the flavor infuses. Strain and store in the refrigerator until chilled. This can be done several weeks in advance.
- In a highball or Collins glass, pour in the gin, strawberry-basil simple syrup, lemon juice and a handful of ice. Stir until well combined. Top with club soda and gently stir.
- If desired, garnish with fresh strawberries and basil. Enjoy!
- While you can use any gin of your liking, I especially love a citrus-forward gin with this recipe.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Stove-Top
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 drink
- Calories: 156
- Sugar: 29
- Sodium: 14
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 38
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 1
- Cholesterol: 0
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