The Lemon Basil Collins was exceptional, and I do love me some Basil, but…this Lemon Rosemary Cucumber Collins smells and tastes like Heaven’s Happy Hour. Like Castiel swooped down in his trench coat and said, “Here, drink this to exorcise demons. You’re welcome.”
Like the Basil, the Rosemary is also from my yard, which makes it just that much better.
This drink is more savory than sweet, for those us who don’t always like our alcohol to taste like candy.
Follow the flowchart:
In an otherwise empty glass add one slice of lemon, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and one sprig of fresh Rosemary.
Muddle muddle muddle… the more you muddle, the more flavor is released from the Rosemary. Muddle muddle muddle.
On top of the now muddled mess of Lemon, sugar, and Rosemary, add several slices or chunks of cucumber and fill the glass with ice.
Add 1.5 oz shot of Gin.
Top off with unsweetened Lemon flavored seltzer water.
Stir, cause all the good stuff is at the bottom.
Garnish with a Lemon wedge and another sprig of fresh Rosemary.
Here in Los Lunas, New Mexico it’s hot. Like, 5th ring of hell hot. The last week of June it was over 100 degrees every day.
I love wine but when the summer is this hot, it’s time to cool things down so I’ve created a series of terrifically delicious Gin based cocktails based on the Tom Collins. Variations on a theme, if you will.
First up is the Albuquerque Breaking Blue Collins!
Here’s the recipe:
In a glass of ice, mix the following in this order.
1.5oz shot of gin
I don’t measure the other stuff, so flavor to taste.
On top of the gin add a splash (or 3) of lime juice.
Top off with Sparkling ICE Blue Raspberry – it comes in a skinny bottle and most grocery stores carry it with the flavored sparkling water. (see photo below)
Stir. Don’t add anything else until you stir!
Garnish with half a slice of lime – be sure to rub the lime all over the mouth of the glass, leaving behind as much pulp as possible.
Add two maraschino cherries.
Last step – pour in a small amount of cherry juice from the jar. Make sure that the drink has already been stirred because if you stir it after the cherry juice goes in, it defeats the purpose. The cherry juice will sink to the bottom, creating a lovely layered effect.
Fair warning: if you drink one, you will want another!