A wise woman once told me to have a lot of cocktails (and wine) on hand for when you’re renovating a house. We are 2 weeks into our home remodel and while we’re on schedule, the amount of undesirable things that have come out of taking off 100-year-old wallpaper is shocking. Needless to say, I’ve needed a few more cocktail recipes up my sleeve to combat the renovation process, cue creating the TeQuollins (pronounced te-collins).
This recipe was born out of a need for simplicity, taste, and brightness. With the heat stretching into the high 90’s, a refreshingly cold cocktail is exactly what I was craving. One of my favorite gin drinks is a Tom Collins, so I thought by switching out the gin with citrus forward tequila, like Dulce Vida Blanco, maybe a fun spin on a classic and adding a bit of effervescence through natural mineral water.
I think like most, I went through a tequila phase in young adulthood that was more or less the bastardization of a margarita through the form of cheap tequila, overly sweetened mixer, and ice. After a few summers of that, I completely lost my appetite for tequila and just lumped it in with a nostalgic liquor to use during Cinco de Mayo.
This year is all about exploration through new flavors (hello sumac, tarragon and Thai curry paste), so I figured why not take a spirit like Tequila and try something new. I love how this Dulce Vida Tequila has a lot of lovely citrus flavor to it already, so mixing it with additional citrus was a no-brainer. Adding a little touch of sweetness and a healthy splash of mineral water balanced out the bitterness of the spirit and then serving it over a cup full of crushed ice made me feel like I was nostalgically indulging in a snow cone.
It may be the perfect drink for summer.
A tequila take of a Tom Collins, fresh citrus is mixed with simple syrup, mineral water, and crushed ice to create a refreshing cocktail this summer.
- 1 ounce Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila
- 1 Lemon Juiced
- 1/2 TBSP Simple Syrup
- Fill glass with crushed ice
- Top with mineral water
- salt, lemon wedge to garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine Dulce Vida Blanco Tequila, lemon, and simple syrup together. Stir vigorously to combine.
In a Tom Collins glass (or any high ball glass you may have), fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour your tequila mixture over the ice, and then top with mineral water. Garnish with a little salt and a lemon wedge.