I have been thinking of the Tom Collins. My mothers parents, Nana and Frankie, would serve them when they had the O'Connors over for dinner and cards in the summer. They even had proper Collins glasses. If I remember correctly, the tall glasses were frosted and sported turquoise sea horses. To me, the Collins has a distinct refreshing flavor of summer, a quintessential cocktail of the season.
Then Beth was telling me about the Blueberry Collins her mother had one day in Boston. Not sickly sweet, rather refreshing and flavorful. On my way home I stopped at Rays. Prepared to pick up some tiny wild blueberries I was sidetracked I spotted gorgeous black cherries. I could not resist. This is where the typical Tom and Inventive Blueberry Collins led me.
- The juice of 1 lemons
- 1 tsp Xylitol(or 1 tbsp sugar)
- 4 black cherries, pitted
- 3 oz gin
- Black cherry seltzer
Muddle cherries and xylitol. Add gin. Muddle some more. Divide between two tall glasses. Add ice and top with seltzer.
If you love cherries like I do: