I am not a big drinker but when I was young I use to order this drink---I was not sure it was even still around.

I am not a big drinker but when I was young I use to order this drink---I was not sure it was even still around.

The first Tom Collins recipe was written by the father of modern cocktail making, Jerry Thomas. It’s a simple mix of gin, lemon and sugar syrup, shaken over ice.

Tom Collins

The first Tom Collins recipe was written by the father of modern cocktail making, Jerry Thomas. It’s a simple mix of gin, lemon and sugar syrup, shaken over ice.

Fool- Proof Recipe for a Classic Tom Collins- Cheers! @culinaryginger #tomcollins #happyhour

Classic Tom Collins

This Tom Collins cocktail has been popular since the mid-nineteenth century and is a favorite among gin lovers.

Classic Tom Collins

This Tom Collins cocktail has been popular since the mid-nineteenth century and is a favorite among gin lovers.

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

Lavender Collins

This refreshing Lavender Collins is a fresh twist on a Tom Collins cocktail, with homemade lavender syrup, gin, lemon juice and a splash of sparkling water.

Fleur Collins Cocktail--St. Germain and Creme de Violette lend a floral twist to the bright and bubbly Tom Collins cocktail.

Fleur Collins Cocktail--St. Germain and Creme de Violette lend a floral twist to the bright and bubbly Tom Collins cocktail.

Tom Collins Caravan Bar  -  Meet Tom Collins, a vintage caravan lovingly renovated into a mobile bar. Available for hire for weddings, engagements, parties, celebrations, business functions and promotional events, Tom Collins can be used to serve cocktails, bubbles, wines, beers, iced refreshments and coffees.

Tom Collins Caravan Bar - Meet Tom Collins, a vintage caravan lovingly renovated into a mobile bar. Available for hire for weddings, engagements, parties, celebrations, business functions and promotional events, Tom Collins can be used to serve cocktails, bubbles, wines, beers, iced refreshments and coffees.

I will admit, I didn't set out to make a cocktail for the blog this week. I  just happened to have 2 mint plants sitting around, begging to be used. And  while there are many recipes that call for mint, I kept thinking about the  upcoming Kentucky Derby. While a mint julep would be fun (and expected), I  wanted to do something else. This is sort of a twist on a Tom Collins,  using lemon instead of lime and adding tasty blackberries and mint. This  takes the classic gin and tonic to a whole…

May 2 Blackberry Lemon Gin & Tonic

I will admit, I didn't set out to make a cocktail for the blog this week. I just happened to have 2 mint plants sitting around, begging to be used. And while there are many recipes that call for mint, I kept thinking about the upcoming Kentucky Derby. While a mint julep would be fun (and expected), I wanted to do something else. This is sort of a twist on a Tom Collins, using lemon instead of lime and adding tasty blackberries and mint. This takes the classic gin and tonic to a whole…

Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail (Gin Rickey)

Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail

Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail (Gin Rickey)

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