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Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

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Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe | #cocktail

Memorial Day in the United States is just a week away and that can only mean one thing. That’s right, it’s grilling season! When I say “grilling”, I mean everything that comes along with it – backyard parties, kids running through the sprinklers, cocktails on the patio and long, warm summer evenings. That’s where this fresh take on a classic Tom Collins cocktail recipe comes into play.

To kick off the season, I’m pairing up with OXO, the fantastic company behind of at least half of the tools in my kitchen. Not only do I use their tools for everyday cooking and Portion Control for Weight Loss & Healthy Living, but I also re-designed my pantry for How to: Organize Your Pantry. Well, it turns out that they have some equally awesome (read: functional, spiffy-looking and easy to use) cocktail tools.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe | #cocktail
Pictured: OXO SteeL 7-Piece Barware Set

What better way to start off the backyard party season than with a cooling cocktail that highlights fresh fruit? A classic Tom Collins cocktail is a simple concoction of gin, simply syrup, lemon and club soda. Classic and perfect in every way.

However, this Tom Collins maker happened to have a heck of a lot of fresh strawberries sitting in her fridge. So, the classic cocktail got a little summertime makeover with a splash of an easy strawberry puree, slightly sweetened with agave nectar, and a squeeze of lime juice.

This cocktail is not overly sweet, nor is it overly berry-ish. If you’re hoping for a full-on hit of strawberry, reminiscent of a strawberry margarita, well…then I suggest making a margarita. But if you want something that’s subtly flavored, cold and perfectly refreshing, then this is your drink.

The recipe:

Place the strawberries and agave nectar in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe | #cocktail
Pictured: OXO’s citrus knife, included in the OXO SteeL 7-Piece Barware Set

Using two Collins glasses, place a few ice cubes in each glass.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe | #cocktail
Pictured: OXO Good Grips Steel Ice Bucket and Tongs Set, Silver

Divide the gin, lime juice and strawberry puree between the two glasses. Stir with a long spoon.

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe | #cocktail
Pictured: Cocktail Mixing Spoon & Jigger, included in the OXO SteeL 7-Piece Barware Set

Fill the glasses to the top with club soda. Stir again and garnish with lime wedges. Serve.

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Other summertime cocktails:

Summertime Cocktail Recipes | #cocktail
Cookin’ Canuck’s Kicked-Up Avocado Margarita Recipe
Cookin’ Canuck’s Pink Grapefruit Greyhound Cocktail Recipe
Foodiecrush’s Hotel Inspired White Peach Sangria
The Boys Club’s The Rhubarb Sour
Inspired Taste’s Southside Cocktail

Fresh Strawberry & Lime Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe
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From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.
Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 10 oz. strawberries, hulled & quartered
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • Ice cubes
  • 3 oz. gin, divided
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice, divided
  • Club soda
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Place the strawberries and agave nectar in a blender, and puree until smooth.
  2. Using two collins glasses, place a few ice cubes in each glass.
  3. Divide the gin, lime juice and strawberry puree between the two glasses. Stir with a long spoon.
  4. Fill the glasses to the top with club soda. Stir again and garnish with lime wedges. Serve.
Caloreis 161.2 / Total Fat 0.2g / Saturated Fat 0g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 14.3mg / Total Carbohydrates 13.8g / Fiber 1.2g / Sugars 11.0g / Protein 0.4g / WW (Old Points) 3 / WW (Points+) 1
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cocktail Calories: 161 cal Fat: Total Fat 0.2g / Saturated Fat 0g

Disclosure: The OXO tools pictured were provided to me free of charge. In addition, I was compensated for this post. All opinions are mine. What can I say? I love OXO products! Also, this post includes Amazon affiliate links. If you purchase the items shown from the links in this post, a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting Cookin’ Canuck.

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1 marla May 20, 2013 at 5:26 am

What the what?! Can I have this gorgeous cocktail on a Monday morning??!!


2 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl May 20, 2013 at 5:58 am

This is my ideal summer cocktail!! I love tom collins and this is such a fresh spin on it.


3 Tieghan May 20, 2013 at 6:02 am

so gorgeous!


4 DessertForTwo May 20, 2013 at 6:13 am

Wow! These look so delicious! I love the fresh fruit. And gin is the best in the summertime.

Thanks for sharing :)


5 Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

Your cocktails are always so pretty! This sounds wonderfully fresh. :)


6 Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough May 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

I can’t wait until Memorial Day weekend to sip on one of these… they look too good! :)


7 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 20, 2013 at 9:02 am



8 Liz May 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

Thank you, Dara. Have a wonderful week!


9 Cookbook Queen May 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Dara, this is absolutely fabulous!! what a yummy and gorgeous cocktail. I’ll take five!!


10 Julie May 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

This looks so light and refreshing! I’m bookmarking it for when strawberries are in season again… which is not for another 4 weeks here :(


11 Shawna May 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I have really enjoyed your blog. You have some wonderful recipes. This drink recipe looks delicious and I will be doing it for my trip on the west coast.
My sister and I are hosting a BBQ Block Party-Linky Party, recipe’s like this one would be fantastic and we would love for you to join us on Thursday, May 23.

Hope to see you there


12 nessa May 20, 2013 at 3:49 pm

This looks great and perfect for summertime!


13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) May 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

How refreshing, love the strawberries & lime combo!


14 Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet May 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Let’s be friends. :) This looks amazing – and totally up my alley.


15 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective May 20, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Great drink recipe!


16 ashley - baker by nature May 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I just started REALLY getting into gin this past year. I’m totally making these for me and the boys date night this weekend. xx


17 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 20, 2013 at 7:51 pm

The second I read “Tom Collins” my mouth instantly watered. I would drink Collins Mixer as a kid like soda! This sounds like my new favorite drink!!


18 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm

So pretty and so refreshing!


19 Amanda May 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

Those pictures should be in a magazine… seriously stunning! Great recipe and love how you are so dedicated to being healthy. I am just starting to try it and your blog has been a GO-TO for me… for beautiful and delicious recipes and wonderful writing and photography. I feel so lucky to have met you so many years ago and love seeing how you are making the world a better place!


20 Robyn May 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

Beautiful! Thanks for the fresh, new idea for summer.


21 Mr. & Mrs. P May 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

Just from the ingredients we would love this cocktail.. We are saving this for later… We are leaving for Paris tomorrow, so once we get back will unwind from our travels with one of these.. =)


22 jamie @ green beans & grapefruit May 21, 2013 at 10:24 am

I can tell we are kindred spirits. This looks like heaven.


23 Donna May 21, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We just built a new deck on our house – C’mon over and let’s lounge on the deck whilst we have some fancy pretty drinks like these!


24 sippitysup May 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I do like the pucker of a collins so I’m like that the strawberry seems understated. Just adding to the complexity. GREG


25 MyKitchenStove May 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Your cocktail is very refreshing. It is a new idea for the hot summer. Must try the summer treat!!!


26 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 22, 2013 at 1:00 am

So it’s still a couple of days until Friday and Memorial Day weekend but I desperately need a glass of this, stat!


27 Emanuelle @ Manu's Kitchen May 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

These look so incredibly delicious! I love the fact that they’re so healthy too! I love cocktails but I hate that they’re always so full of sugar!! Can’t wait to make these for guests!! :)


28 tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion May 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

yay for summer and all the yummy drinks that come with it


29 Nutmeg Nanny May 24, 2013 at 9:55 am

Oh, so delicious :) I am loving strawberry drinks lately!


30 Faith Towers May 24, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I just made one and it’s DELICIOUS!! I skipped the club soda which gave it a more concentrated flavor… SO. GOOD.


31 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) May 25, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I’m so glad to hear that, Faith!


32 Jamie June 3, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I love this! So summery!


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