Hello San Francisco! It's over been over 70 degrees for two days in a row, so "summer" is here. Naturally, when warm weather unexpectedly and blessedly arrives, we do everything we can to take advantage of it, and that means OUTDOOR DRINKING. Instead of your usual PBR/Tecate/cheap rosé, try whipping up a batch of Tom Collinses. They're delicious, easy to make, and perfect for warm weather. As an added bonus, they have gin in them but don't taste like gin so they're perfect for that one friend who says she "hates gin" because she drank 8 Seagram's gin & tonics once and threw up.
1 cup lemon juice (Around 7-8 lemons. Don't buy lemon juice; squeeze the damn lemons. It's not that hard and makes it taste 1000% better.)
3 tbsp sugar
3 cups club soda
About 1 3/4 cups gin; a little more won't kill anyone
A WORD ABOUT GIN: Don't use the cheapest gin, but there's also no need to waste perfectly good Hendrick's in a Tom Collins. Maybe something mid-range, like Bombay Sapphire?
Microwave the lemon juice and sugar for 1 minute. Whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a pitcher with ice. Add the gin and the club soda. Stir for a while. Serve over ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry. Take a sip, sit back, and say out loud "Where have you been all my life?"
This recipe will make 4 very tall, very strong drinks, or 6 more wimpy drinks. Use your best judgment.
Enjoy! We'll be back to Irish coffee within a couple of weeks, no doubt.