Warm weather is here! Living in the Chicago area, I'm sure we'll still get a few cold and wet days ahead, but I'm guessing the snow is behind us (hopefully!). That means it's time to fire up the grill, pull out the yard games and grab a cold beverage - like this Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins.
A Tom Collins is typically made with lemon juice, simple syrup, gin and club soda. This recipe adds a touch of pomegranate juice and uses Meyer lemons, which are less tangy and slightly sweeter than regular lemons. For even more lemon-y goodness, I used Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Meyer Lemon Infused Simple Syrup. If you're looking for a refreshing, summery cocktail, this is it.
Are you heading outside this weekend? What's your favorite drink for warm weather days?
Meyer Lemon + Pomegranate Tom Collins
Yields 1 cocktail
2 ounces gin
1 ounce Meyer lemon juice
½ ounce pomegranate juice (make sure you use 100% pomegranate juice)
½ ounce simple syrup, such as Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Meyer lemon simple syrup
2-3 ounces club soda
Meyer lemon wedge for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice and shake.
Strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a wedge of Meyer lemon.
Quick Tip: If you can't find Meyer lemons, you can use regular ones. You may want to increase the amount of simple syrup since Meyer lemons are sweeter.
Simple syrup for feature was provided by Sonoma Syrup Co. All opinions are 100% my own.