This Rosemary Collins Recipe is a twist on the traditional vodka collins, just in time for those holiday parties! Complete with a rosemary simple syrup and fresh lemon juice, this is the perfect refreshing cocktail even in the winter months.
Let’s Make Festive Cocktails!
We were looking for another festive holiday cocktail to add to our arsenal this year as we’re approaching #alltheholidayparties, so we tapped our resident expert: my brother, David, who is a bartender by trade. We asked him what types of drinks have been popular this holiday season, and ROSEMARY kept coming up.
And because we’ve already got a few warm and toasty holiday cocktails (like this spiked cider! Or this mulled wine!), we knew we wanted something refreshing. So, ta-da! Introducing our new fave holiday cocktail: the rosemary vodka collins. We think it will quickly become one of your faves as well 😀
What is a Tom Collins Drink?
A Tom Collins drink is a refreshing cocktail that is typically made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and a seltzer or carbonated water.
What Type of Booze Do I Use for a Collins?
This recipe is based on a traditional vodka collins recipe, so we used (you guessed it!): vodka! But gin also pairs quite nicely for this cocktail recipe as well. In fact, the traditional Tom Collins recipe calls for gin.
Rosemary Collins Substitutions
You can truly make this recipe your own! While we’ve LOVING the rosemary twist to this traditional vodka collins, that might not be your thing! We recommend any of the following substitutions to ensure you’re drinking a cocktail you love.
Liquor and Mixers
Vodka vs. Gin: Vodka not your jam? Feel free to sub equal parts gin for the vodka this recipe calls for. In fact, the traditional Tom Collins drink typically calls for gin.
Splash of Fizzy: We used a splash of seltzer in this recipe, but soda, tonic or an unflavored sparkling water like La Croix would be delicious as well.
Flavors and Garnishes
Alternative Simple Syrup: Looking to make this collins, but would rather not have the rosemary flavor? Opt for a more traditional honey simple syrup, and either just garnish your cocktail with a sprig of rosemary, or skip it all together.
Cherries and Berries: As for the maraschino cherry garnish: this overly sweet cherry isn’t for everyone. Feel free to skip or replace with a candied black cherry or a fresh blackberry or raspberry.
Citrus Slice Garnish: As for the lemon slice this recipe calls for; any citrus fruit will work (think orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit!)! And if you’re feeling super fancy, candy your orange or lemon slices before garnishing 😀
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Rosemary Vodka Collins
- 1.5 oz. vodka
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 oz. rosemary simple syrup
- splash of seltzer water
- Ice cubes
- If you haven't already, prepare a batch of rosemary simple syrup by following the instructions for our honey simple syrup. In step one, add 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary. Once the simple syrup has reduced, discard the rosemary and transfer into a jar. Let cool.
- Next, place vodka, lemon juice, and cooled simple syrup into a drink shaker. Then, add a few ice cubes.
- Put the top on and give it a good shake to mix everything together.
- Pour cocktail over ice into a tall Collins glass. Then, top it off with a splash of seltzer water.
Tips & Notes
- Rosemary simple syrup: you will have leftover rosemary simple syrup. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week.