Tom Collins Cocktails for the Summer!

Kim Conte

The temperature here in Chicago reached into the high 90s this weekend—a perfect opportunity to enjoy a refreshing virgin Tom Collins cocktail on the patio. Here's how to make your own...

Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

Fresh lemon juice

Sugar syrup (Dissolve 2 parts sugar in 1 part boiling water. Cool.)

Carbonated soda

Lemon slices

Cocktail cherries


Combine 1 part lemon juice with 1 part sugar syrup in a tall glass filled with ice. Top off with 3-4 ounces carbonated soda. Garnish with lemon slices and cherries. (And if you want an alcoholic version, substitute 1-1.5 ounce vodka or gin for equal part soda.)

Here are some additional summertime cocktails from around CafeMom:

What's your favorite summertime cocktail?

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