After I made my kiwi simple syrup recipe, the fun began of trying it on whatever I could.
One fav was a cocktail I dubbed the “Kiwi Collins.” I love strong sour and lemony flavor so it’s no wonder a favorite drink of mine is a Tom Collins. (Although I personally prefer it substituted with vodka instead of the usual gin, aka a Vodka Collins.)
A Tom Collins is a highball cocktail (actually, you can use a Collins glass which is supposed to be narrower and taller than a typical highball glass). It ordinarily uses gin, lemon juice, soda water, sugar (or simple syrup) and ice.
Anyway, with no further ado, here is my Kiwi Collins recipe!
For one cocktail you will need…
- 2 oz. gin (same as 1/4 cup) (or vodka for a Vodka Collins version)
- 2.5 cups ice (1.5 cups for the drink, another cup used in the shaker then discarded)
- 3/4 oz. lemon juice (same 1.5 TBSP)
- 2 oz. club soda (I like a lemon flavored version like this)
- 1/2 oz. kiwi simple syrup (my recipe here) (same as 1 TBSP)
Note that although my syrup is of course going to be superior, you can click here for a decent all-natural kiwi syrup for your convenience.
- Fill a Collins glass with 1.5 cups ice, set aside in the freezer.
- Combine gin, lemon juice, and kiwi syrup in cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup ice, cover and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled Collins glass.
- Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon and/or kiwi wedge(s).
Notes: I also like to put some muddled kiwi in the drink as shown in the photo, personal preference)