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DIY Collins Recipe
April 19, 2016

DIY Collins

What a pretty and playful way to serve drinks at your next gathering! Your guests will enjoy assembling their perfect Tom Collins! For the recipe, see below or visit

The cocktail itself is quick and easy: white rum, citrus, simple syrup, ice, and herbs for garnish.
1 1/2 ounces white rum (or the traditional gin)
1 ounce citrus juice
1/2-1 ounces herb infused simple syrup (quick recipe below)
1-1 1/2 ounces soda water, to taste
fresh herbs, for garnish
Put those extra canning jars to work. This recipe is for an 8 ounce drink, perfect for a 1/2 pint jar. Combine rum, citrus juice and simple syrup in an ice filled glass and stir. Add soda water to taste then garnish with fresh herbs.
Simple syrup recipe:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
roughly 1/4 cups herb of choice (8 thyme sprigs or 4 rosemary sprigs or 1/4 cup dried lavender buds or 1/3 cup packed mint leaves)
Combine sugar, water and herb of choice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and stir frequently until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, cover and let cool to room temperature. Strain into a clean glass jar or bottle. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
This is a starting point for basic herb-infused simple syrup, but the skies the limit!

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