Take a classic Tom Collins recipe and add fresh berries and fresh mint to make this terrific blackberry variation. With great color and beautiful presentation, this surprisingly simple-to-make Blackberry Tom Collins is sure to be a hit at your next party or get-together.
Blackberry Tom Collins Cocktail
The original recipe for the classic Tom Collins cocktail was invented in the late 1800s and first published in this book: From the New and Improved Bartender’s Manual: Or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style (1882), by Harry Johnson.
The first Tom Collins cocktail recipe:
1. Use an extra-large bar glass.
2. Three-quarters table-spoon of sugar; 3 or 4 dashes of lime or lemon juice; 3 or 4 pieces of broken ice; 1 wine glass full of Old Tom gin; 1 bottle of plain soda water; mix up well with a spoon, remove the ice, and serve.
3. Attention must be paid not to let the foam of the soda water spread over the glass
This blackberry Tom Collins adds a different flavor and texture to an old classic, sticks to what has become the tradition of lemon, not lime, in the cocktail, as well as using a 12-ounce collins glass. The basic ingredients that made the perfect Tom Collins are the same, they’ve simply been added to, taking one of the most enduring cocktails to new heights.
Tips and variations for making this Blackberry Tom Collins Cocktail
● You can easily make this a blackberry gin fizz by eliminating the ice cubes from the glass.
● Use plenty of ice to make this cocktail recipe.
● A traditional Tom Collins is made with Old Tom Gin, a sweeter, softer gin than a London Dry gin. You use your favorite gin that pairs well with lemons.
● The traditional garnish for a Tom Collins is a lemon wheel, but you may want to try an orange slice, maraschino cherry, a slice of lemon, lemon wedge (recommended), mint springs (recommended), or a combination of these fruits on a skewer.
● If you would like to use superfine sugar (castor sugar) instead of regular white sugar to add to this refreshing drink, simply give regular cane sugar a whirl in a mini food processor. Click here for instructions.
● Remember that a standard shot glass is an ounce. An easy hack when you do not have a jigger or measuring cup to measure.
● Gin has long been known as a “winter spirit” but the blackberry Tom Collins is better suited to warmer weather when fresh blackberries are readily available, and the lemonade of the Collins is a refreshing cocktail on hot summer days.
What is the difference between a Tom Collins and a Gin Fizz?
The Tom Collins has ice in a 12-ounce glass, the gin fizz has no ice in an 8-ounce glass. A gin fizz would be made using a soda siphon to create small gas bubbles.
What is the best gin for a Tom Collins?
A Tom Collins is traditionally made with Old Tom Gin, a sweeter, softer type of gin than a London Dry gin. It is not easy to find (look to craft gin makers) so use your favorite gin in a Tom Collins cocktail recipe!
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Blackberry Tom Collins Ingredients:
● 6 oz Fresh Blackberries
● 1 TBSP Sugar
● 2 cup Ice, divided
● 4 oz Gin
● 4 sprigs of mint, roughly torn
● ½ Medium Lemon
● ¾ cup Club Soda
Blackberry Tom Collins Mise en Place:
Blackberry Tom Collins Directions:
1. Add blackberries, sugar, ice, gin, and mint into a cocktail shaker in that order, and using a muddler, muddle until berries are pulverized.
2. Add the remaining ice into 2 12 oz glasses (tall glass if possible). Remember to divide the ice equally.
3. Strain the blackberry mixture over the top of the ice. Divide evenly into both glasses.
4. Squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon over the top of each cocktail.
5. Carefully top with club soda to fill the glass.
6. Garnish with a lemon wedge or lemon slice and a sprig of mint.
- 6 oz Fresh Blackberries
- 1 TBSP Sugar
- 2 cup Ice, divided
- 4 oz Gin
- 4 sprigs of Mint, roughly torn
- ½ Medium Lemon
- ¾ cup Club Soda
- Add blackberries, sugar, ice, gin, and mint into a cocktail shaker in that order, and using a muddler, muddle until berries are pulverized.
- Add the remaining ice into 2 12 oz glasses (tall glass if possible). Remember to divide the ice equally.
- Strain the blackberry mixture over the top of the ice. Divide evenly into both glasses.
- Squeeze lemon juice from half a lemon over the top of each cocktail.
- Carefully top with club soda to fill the glass.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge or lemon slice and a sprig of mint.
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