Tom Collins Bar

Aside from banana, we can’t think of a fruit that wouldn’t be good in this drink.

RECIPE 

Makes 8

Gin Base

Combine gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a pitcher or large measuring glass and stir to dissolve sugar; refrigerate gin mixture if not making drinks right away.

Do Ahead: Gin mixture can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill.

Assembly

When ready to serve, arrange lemon wedges, mango, cucumber, mint sprigs, ginger, raspberries, and strawberries on a platter or in separate bowls and set out alongside gin mixture, club soda, and a bucket of ice.

For each cocktail, muddle ingredients of your choice (mix and match!) in a Collins glass. Fill with ice, then add ¼ cup gin mixture and top off with club soda.

 

INGREDIENTS

Gin Base

1¼ cups chilled gin

1 cup chilled fresh lemon juice

½ cup sugar

Assembly

2 lemons, cut into wedges

1 mango, cut into ½-inch wedges

½ English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced

6 sprigs mint

1 4-inch piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled, quartered

Club soda (for serving)