Vodka Collins

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Glasses: “Orb” from Crate and Barrel

As the heat of summer has descended on uus, and it feels like we are standing in front a hot open oven, thoughts turn to a classic summer drink: lemonade.

And let’s be honest here. Isn’t it ironic that lemonade is such a popular summer drink considering that citrus is so far out of season anywhere that citrus is non-native? At least where I am it takes approximately 5 million lemons in June (exaggeration) to create a pitcher of lemonade. And the lemons are about $.85 a piece!

The. Worst.

Anyway, refreshing summer drinks. We love Vodka Collins, a riff on the popular Tom Collins, and an adult turn on lemonade, despite the lack of good lemons. So cool and refreshing, and very easy to drink. Perfect for those hot summer cocktail parties, or even a bridal shower. We like to relax on our deck overlooking the mountains with one of these, on a Saturday evening.

Scale for your needs (the following serves one drink)

1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tsp extra fine (caster) sugar

2 oz fine Vodka (we use Grey Goose)


Club soda

If you like, before mixing your drink, dip the rim in lemon juoce, and then caster sugar to give it that extra special-ness.

In a high ball glass, add ice to fill the glass 3/4 of the way. Add your lemon juice, sugar, and Vodka. Stir briefly with a drink stirrer. Top the glass with club soda and stir gently again. Garnish with a wheel of lemon. Enjoy!

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4 Responses to Vodka Collins

  1. I wish I had one (or two) of these in yesterday’s heat! Here’s to a hot summer with lots of yummy things to party with!

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