How to Make Simple Syrup…and a Tom Collins

drinks on the porch: TomcollinsEvery time I want a drink recipe lately it comes up with “simple syrup” as an ingredient.

Well, it truly is “simple” and here’s how to make it:

  1. 1 part water
  2. 1 part superfine sugar
  3. Simmer both until the sugar dissolves completely (about one minute). Cool completely and store.

This is simple syrup. Yep. Moving on now- keep up!

Now my new favorite drink, the Tom Collins:

How to Make Simple Syrup…and a Tom Collins

Yield: 4 servings

How to Make Simple Syrup…and a Tom Collins

Adapted from a recipe from Betty Crocker.


  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup club soda


To serve by the glass:

Mix all in a small pitcher. Fill glasses with ice, and fill 3/4 way full with the drink mix. Top with the club soda. Garnish with orange slices and 2 marachino cherries each glass.

To serve a pitcher:

Double the above amounts and mix all in a pitcher with ice. Float oranges on top, with a few marachino cherries.


See how the recipe is 1 part, 1 part, 1 part? Just measure 1:1:1 on the gin, lemon and soda. Then use a 1/2 part of the simple syrup.. This is an easily adaptable recipe, so I just love it for entertaining for two or for twenty!


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