Sometimes the best craft cocktails are new takes on old classics. Today, we take a spin on the classic Collins. We call it the Voiron Collins, named for the small town in France, from where Chartreuse is made.
The Tom Collins is indeed one of the older of the "old school" cocktails. The exact date of its origin is a little unclear, but history points to the late 1800's. Sometimes called the "John" Collins, it normally calls for a mixture of dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and carbonated water.
To make our Voiron Collins, we start with another "World's Simplest Craft Cocktail", which only calls for three ingredients, using the Tom Collins, Elderflower and Hops syrup from our store, gin and soda water, but we take it to the next level by adding a fourth "bartender's secret ingredient", Chartreuse (green to be precise).
Herbal, slightly minty and highly full of flavor, Green Chartreuse is made from 130 herbs and plants and it said to be the only spirit that is naturally green in color. It adds an unusual level of character and complexity to our already stand-up Elderflower and Hops Collins.
Let do this!
1½ ounces juniper-forward gin, like Bombay Sapphire
1½ ounce Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops cocktail starter
½ ounce Green Chartreuse (a little goes a long way)
Soda water or Carbonated Water (unflavored please)
Strip of fresh citrus peel for garnish or a citrus wheel (we used blood orange)
Step 1: Pour the Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops starter syrup into the Collins glass, add the Bombay Sapphire Gin and Green Chartreuse, then stir for 5 seconds to mix.
Step 2: Fill the Collins glass with ice, all the way to the very top (even slightly overfilled).
Step 3: Top with soda water and stir vigorously for 8 to 10 seconds, then garnish with your favorite citrus peel or citrus wheel.
Boom! You have now kept history alive, and made your mark on it by creating new take on one of the world's oldest cocktails.
Always enjoy responsibly and use your new powers wisely.