Tom Collins cocktail is a classic from long ago. The cocktail’s base is made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. Our fruity take on this classic cocktail is what we call the Fruity Bee Collins Cocktail. Bee Collins is made with Eastern Shore Honey instead of processed sugars and fresh summer fruits that’ll really put you in the, should we say, spirit!
Bee Collins is a great drink for barbecue dinners or backyard parties, you can make up a whole batch of this for you and all of your friends. Just offer up a big selection of summer fruits to add to your drinks, and you’ll have a party.
You really have the freedom to change the flavor of this drink. By mixing in a different fruit each time you enjoy a glass, it’s almost like you have a completely new cocktail! Melon and berries would be excellent choices for this, as their aromas easily mix into liquids. Citrus and pineapple would also be fantastic and flavorful mix ins!
Adapting our Bee Collins Cocktail
You know, a recipe is not truly perfect until you’ve added your own touch to it. That’s why we encourage you to play with your food. Drinks are perfect and easy to customize to your personal tastes or what’s currently in season. Call your inner chef to come out and play and change up this recipe. Here are some ideas –
- Choose your favorite fruit
- Garnish with basil or other herbs instead of mint
- Try using lightly grilled fruit to give a deeper flavor to the drink
If you decide to make a Bee Collins cocktail, or any variation that we’ve suggested or better yet, your very own take, why not take a photo and share it with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
Bee Collins Cocktail
- 1 1/4 c gin chilled
- 1 c lemon juice chilled fresh squeezed
- 1/2 c Waxing Kara Honey thinned a little with 1 tablespoon warm water
- 6 sprigs mint leaves
- club soda
- 1/4 whole watermelon cut into ½-inch wedges
- 1 c strawberries fresh hulled, quartered
- 1 c raspberries fresh
- 1 c peaches sliced
- 2 lemons cut into wedges
- 1/2 cucumber thinly sliced
Combine gin, lemon juice, and honey in medium pitcher, stir to combine. Cover and chill. (can be made 1 day ahead)
At serving time, arrange all prepared fruit on platter, set out alongside gin mixture, club soda, and a bucket of ice.
For each cocktail, muddle ingredients of choice in a Collins glass.
Fill with ice.
Add 1/4 cup gin mixture and top off with club soda, stir.
Garnish with mint.