The Lavender Sapphire Collins is a delightful and refreshing mixed drink that puts a spin on the popular Tom Collins. It adds just a hint of floral lavender to the sparkling gin drink and is ideal for spring and summer affairs.
The primary difference between this cocktail and the original is the use of lavender simple syrup. It is a very easy mixer to make at home and can be used in a number of other cocktails. In the Lavender Sapphire Collins, it blends beautifully with the botanicals found in Bombay Sapphire Gin and adds an aromatic, garden-fresh touch to the drink.
Summer afternoons on the patio, a spring day in the garden, or a stunning (and simple) brunch cocktail, one taste and you will understand why this is such a lovely drink.
- 1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire Gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce lavender syrup
- 3 ounces club soda
- 1 lemon wedge for garnish
- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a collins glass, add lavender syrup and Bombay Sapphire.
- Stir and fill with ice.
- Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.
The Base Spirit: This recipe was created by Bombay Sapphire and it really is a lovely gin for the cocktail. The botanicals are nicely balanced and soft enough to allow the lavender to peak through the mix. Yet, it is not the only gin that will work here.
Feel free to test your favorite gins in this cocktail as it is as versatile as the Tom Collins. Many of the newer, non-traditional gins like Hendrick's and especially Aviation are perfect candidates as well.
Beyond the gin, you can switch out the base spirit for another liquor if you like. If you're a fan of vodka, try that. Rum and tequila will also work nicely, and you might even find the right whiskey with a very soft profile (i.e., a blended Canadian whiskey) that will not overpower the lavender. In true 'Collins' drink fashion, the choices are endless.
The Herbal Syrup: Use this recipe and the syrup as inspiration for bringing your favorite herbs into the Collins formula. Rosemary or a blend of lavender and rosemary are two places to begin but don't stop there.
- Give it more of a citrus herbal taste with a syrup infusion of lemongrass or lemon balm.
- Turn the drink into a refreshing cooler with a mint simple syrup.
- Take more of a savory approach with a basil syrup or a parsley-lemon syrup.
- Choose another soft floral by creating a chamomile syrup with a hint of orange peel.
Essentially, if you can grow a herb in your garden, it has strong potential in a syrup and in this drink.
How Strong is the Lavender Sapphire Collins?
As with most highball mixed drinks, the Lavender Sapphire Collins is a very gentle cocktail. The high volume of soda helps mellow it out despite the use of a 94-proof gin. On average, this cocktail weighs in at around 11% ABV (22 proof), which is about the same as your average wine.