This Hibiscus Collins is a pretty pink cocktail that is so refreshing and delicious! Perfect for a special occasion like Mother's Day or any time you want tasty cocktail!
Pretty Pink Cocktails
I admit it, I have a love of pretty pink cocktails. So, when I made Hibiscus Simple Syrup last week, I knew there would be some pretty pink cocktails in my future.
I've been reading The Twelve Bottle Bar and working my way through a natural cocktail progression. What I love about this book is it starts you out with a basic two ingredient cocktail and then it shows how you change it up by adding citrus and then sparkling water and so on.
What you learn is that most cocktails are riffs of old cocktails that have been around for ages. I'm really looking forward to working my way through the progression of cocktails. Just think of all the pretty pink cocktails that I can make!
What is a Collins Cocktail?
If you love learning about cocktails, like me, you'll find Collins Cocktails Recipes & History a fascinating read. Basically a collins is a cocktail made with a liquor (usually gin), lemon juice, sugar, and sparkling water. It is served in a tall collins glass, which usually holds 12-14 ounces. You can also use a highball glass which is a little shorter and wider.
Almost everyone is familiar with a Tom Collins, but did have you heard about a John Collins? I had never heard of it, until I started researching the collins cocktail. They are the same drink, but they use different types of gin!
The John Collins actually came before the Tom Collins and is made with Genever. This article Gin & Genever gives a really good explanation on the differences between the two. We have some Genever, so I can't wait to try a John Collins.
Which brings us to today's cocktail - the Hibiscus Collins. I took the basic collins formula - gin, lemon, sugar and sparkling water. Instead of sugar, I used the Hibiscus Simple Syrup.How easy was that switch up? With that one simple change, you get a pretty pink cocktail with floral and citrusy notes!
I also used lime juice instead of lemon juice, because I prefer it's flavor.
This has become my favorite gin cocktail for this spring. It's perfect for Mother's Day and it makes a mighty fine cocktail to just sit on the back porch sipping.
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- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce Hibiscus Simple Syrup
- sparkling water
- Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice.
- Add gin, lime juice and hibiscus simple syrup.
- Shake for about 15 seconds.
- Fill a collins glass with ice cubes and pour gin mixture over the ice.
- Top with sparkling water.