Drink Of The Week: Fruity Tom Collins

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by Emily Connor, Dining and Nightlife Editor

Our favorite daytime drinkers are finally back on television! The return of Mad Men this Sunday has created quite a buzz here in Hollywood. Red carpet premieres, panel discussions and billboards on every street corner are constant reminders to watch one of the most highly anticipated season premieres on March 25.

After nearly two years off the air due to salary and contract disputes, Mad Men will finally be returning. And while I, and most everyone here in Los Angeles, eagerly await the season 5 premiere for a variety of reasons, I just can’t wait to see what type of hilarious alcoholic hijinks the dapper Don Draper will be getting into next.

While I understand that the constant boozing and smoking is a sincere portrayal of the 1960s and a great commentary on how society’s views on substance consumption have changed, I still love laughing at some of the show’s most hilarious drinking moments. Who can forget when Roger poured vodka into his glass of milk at work or when Don had his eight-year-old daughter Sally make him an Old Fashioned?

Although I poke fun at their drinking practices, the show does a great job of portraying the 1960s taste for classic cocktails. And one of my favorite American classics is the refreshing Tom Collins. Of course, I had to make mine my own. And when spring and summer are just around the corner, I always add a little fruit to my cocktail.

Fruity Tom Collins

1.5 oz Gin
1 oz. simple syrup*
Lemon juice from one half of a lemon
3 maraschino cherries
5 raspberries
3 to 4 oz Club soda
Cherry and lemon slice, garnish

In a tall, thin glass, mash the cherries and raspberries with the simple syrup and lemon juice. Pour in the gin and give a quick stir. Add ice to the glass. Top with the club soda. Garnish each glass with a maraschino cherry and lemon slice and serve.

*Simple syrup is a sugar-water reduction of equal parts sugar and water. To make one cup of simple syrup, combine one cup of granulated sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until all of the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool before using.

MODA Magazine does not endorse underage or irresponsible drinking. This article is intended for informative culinary purposes, and these beverages should be consumed in moderation.

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