A Collins is such a versatile gin drink, open to adaptation and this Merry Berry Collins is a fruity riff on the original. Essentially a long fruity gin sour it has the basic ingredients of gin, lemon juice (the sour bit), simple syrup to offset the sour and carbonated water, all served over ice in a tall Collins glass, (although you can improvise as I did here with any glass that can hold a bit of fizz).
Its origins, like most cocktails, are as hazy and fizzy as the drink itself. There is much debate over whether the drink should be a John or a Tom Collins. For a fascinating explanation of the history of the John/Tom Collins debate dip into Difford’s Guide.
John or Tom aside, have some fun with this cocktail and don’t treat it too preciously. It is a hardy little cocktail that enjoys trying on new flavours.
Glass: Collins or highball
- 10 mixed berries
- 60ml / 2oz London Dry Gin
- 30ml / 1oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 15ml / 0.5oz simple syrup
- 2 dash orange bitters
- Soda water
- Muddle the berries with the lemon juice in a shaker.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the shaker with ice.
- Shake vigorously.
- Fine strain into a Collins or highball glass filled with crushed ice.
- Top with soda water.