My Favorite Gin Cocktails – The Basil Collins


Imagine a sultry evening, with the chatter of friends around and the promise of a cocktail that’s as refreshing as a soft summer breeze. Enter The Basil Collins – a delightful twist on the iconic Tom Collins that’s about to become your new favorite.

A Brief History of the Collins Family

The Tom Collins, often dubbed the shining star of gin cocktails, dates back to 19th-century England. As with most cocktails, tales of its origin are drenched in mystery, tavern tales, and spirited debates. But as the years rolled on, the Collins family expanded, adopting new flavors and creating sensations in a glass.

Why Gin Makes the Collins Shine

The botanical allure of gin, with its hints of juniper, citrus peels, and often-secretive other ingredients, makes it a perfect partner for the sharpness of lemon and the aromatic richness of basil. Choosing a gin that doesn’t overpower but dances harmoniously with the other ingredients is key. So, for our Basil Collins, think of a gin that’s smooth, slightly citrusy, and loves to mingle!

Discovering the Basil Collins: A Twist on a Classic

The first time I sipped a Basil Collins, I was at a rooftop bar, surrounded by twinkling city lights. It was love at first sip. The basil, not just a garnish but the soul of this drink, introduced a peppery sweetness that was intriguing, bold, yet harmoniously balanced.

Crafting the Perfect Basil Collins

Ready to make magic? Here’s how:

  • Ingredients:
    • 2 oz Gin
    • 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
    • 0.75 oz Simple syrup
    • 3-4 Fresh basil leaves
    • Club soda
  • Method:
    1. In a shaker, muddle the basil leaves gently with the simple syrup.
    2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and fill with ice.
    3. Shake it until it’s frosty.
    4. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.
    5. Top up with club soda and give it a gentle stir.
    6. Garnish with a sprig of basil and a lemon wheel.

Variations on the Theme: Experimenting with The Basil Collins

While the Basil Collins is pure perfection, don’t be afraid to play! Mint can be a fresh alternative, or a hint of rosemary in winter months can be an aromatic surprise. The key is to ensure fresh ingredients to maintain that vibrant burst of flavor.

Pairing The Basil Collins: Food and Occasion Suggestions

This refreshing cocktail pairs brilliantly with light appetizers. Think bruschettas, caprese salads, or shrimp cocktails. As for the ambiance, the Basil Collins fits seamlessly into a garden brunch, a beachside sunset, or a lazy evening on the patio.

Gin Cocktails Beyond the Basil Collins

Gin’s versatility is undeniable. From the sharp tang of a classic Negroni to the cucumber-infused serenity of an English Garden cocktail, there’s a gin drink for every mood and moment. But trust me, after the Basil Collins, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a contender for its top spot.

Benefits of Basil in Cocktails

Basil isn’t just about flavor. It brings a wealth of benefits to our drink. From being rich in antioxidants to having anti-inflammatory properties, there’s more to these green leaves than meets the eye. Plus, its aroma is a mood elevator. Remember, however, always to enjoy responsibly.


The world of gin cocktails is vast, but there’s a unique charm to the Basil Collins. It’s a testament to how a simple herb can transform a classic into something that feels new, exciting, and yet so wonderfully familiar.

So, my fellow gin enthusiast, are you ready to take your love for gin to a basil-infused dimension? I’d love to hear about your Basil Collins experience. Share your stories, photos, or even your little twists on this recipe. Here’s to creating memories, one Basil Collins at a time. Cheers! 🍸

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