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.
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.
Place the strawberries and agave nectar in a blender, and puree until smooth.
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.
Divide the gin, lime juice and strawberry puree between the two glasses. Stir with a long spoon.
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.
Other summertime cocktails:
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
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
- 10 oz. strawberries, hulled & quartered
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- Ice cubes
- 3 oz. gin, divided
- 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice, divided
- Club soda
- Lime wedges, for garnish
- Place the strawberries and agave nectar in a blender, and puree until smooth.
- Using two collins glasses, place a few ice cubes in each glass.
- Divide the gin, lime juice and strawberry puree between the two glasses. Stir with a long spoon.
- Fill the glasses to the top with club soda. Stir again and garnish with lime wedges. Serve.
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.