The Jim Collins

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A traditional Collins with a hardwood twist

To celebrate a friend's 50th birthday, I made this version of the Tom Collins. Jim is a skilled outdoorsman and a New Hampshire native. Hence the maple syrup. Every year, Jim and a few friends read the story "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Webster, one of America's greatest orators, was born in NH.

Even if you're not from the Northwoods, you'll find this drink briskly refreshing. Like New England without the blackflies. 

  • 4 Parts Gin
  • 2 Parts Lime Juice
  • 2 Parts Locally Sourced Maple Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Lime slice or rind

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add lime juice, gin, and maple syrup. Shake and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice. (A Swamp Yankee will use an old jar.) Top up with soda water. Garnish with lime. Best served with a reading of Stephen Vincent Benét’s “The Devil and Daniel Webster.”