quote:Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:quote:Originally posted by Vino Bevo:quote:Originally posted by Rob_Sutherland:
Tom Collins made with Old Tom gin and a few dashes of orange bitters. Even better if you substitute 50% of the soda with pink grapefruit perrier.
I use lime Topo Chico in mine - will have to try the pink grapefruit Perrier.
We don't get Topo Chico up here (even in our few mexican stores) but it would certainly be good.
The Old Tom gin really makes a better Tom Collins IMHO. You don't need any simple syrup as it's already sweet. I've used rhubarb bitters in it as well to great effect.
Last night did a riff on a French 75
1 oz Old Tom gin
1 oz Plymouth gin
1 oz lemon juice
approx 1 tsp. citrus infused simple syrup
drop or two of orange water
topped with a some Cremant
They'll knock you on your ass, but it was good. Did the simple syrup with some grapefuit and lime rind.
Big fan of the French 75. George restaurant used to have a stellar version, not sure if they still make it the same. They used a rose gin from Dillon's that was fantastic.
As an aside, my wife and I spent an evening at a bar in Bahama's trying to help the bartenders nail the French 75. By the end of the evening, everyone in the bar was drinking god-awful gin drinks that resembled nothing of the original. It was a fun night, but I'm sure most folks were feeling not quite right the next morning.
Thanks for the recipe Rob, just might have to make them tonight for guests.