Friday Lush: Joan Collins
February 8, 2013
Posted in Friday Lush
It’s not a typo and yes this cocktail is really a John Collins but we misread the name in a cocktail book when we were making it and we definitely preferred Joan. Who wouldn’t prefer the foxy, feisty Joan?
It crossed my mind to add some Cinzano to this as a nod to the classic Joan and Leonard Rossiter adverts but I thought that maybe a name change was enough of a stray from the original recipe.
The John Collins was the original of the Collins cocktails, and it’s made with gin. Other popular ones are the Pedro Collins with rum, Pierre Collins with cognac, the Mick Collins with Irish whisky and now the Joan Collins with attitude and a God given talent for cat fighting in 1980s American soaps. You should serve it in a tall glass but I thought it was more potent for a Friday prettier in these.
To make two of these gorgeous old school divas you will find the recipe below:
|Prep time||5 minutes|
What you will need
- 4 measures gin (I used Tanqueray)
- 2 measures fresh lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons sugar syrup
- soda water
- fresh mint leaves (to garnish)
|Step 1||First make a sugar syrup by adding equal amounts of sugar and water to a pan and bringing it to the boil. Let it bubble for a couple of minutes, stirring as necessary. You can make this in large quantities and store it in the fridge|
|Step 2||Add the ice to a cocktail shaker followed by all the ingredients bar the mint|
|Step 3||Shake while humming the Dynasty theme tune loudly, did you know that it's ready when condensation appears on the outside of the cocktail shaker? Well you do now|
|Step 4||Pour the whole lot, ice and all, don't strain it, into the glass and top with a mint sprig|
|Step 5||Yes the mint is important, it does look nice but it really adds to the flavour|
|Step 6||Cheers! Here's to you, me and Joan of course|