Light and refreshing, this beautiful 5 ingredient raspberry Collins cocktail is a riff on the classic Tom Collins cocktail and is perfect for enjoying after a long work week (and it reminds me of spring and summer, which I’m super ready for!)
TGIF folks, am I right? Some weeks seem longer than others, this one in particular seemed endless. It could have to do with the fact that last week I was on vacation (I have super fun vacation posts coming next week to share what we did on our European vacation, which you to see a sneak peak of on Instagram) so this week I was playing catch up. So it’s Friday which means it’s time for Five Ingredient Friday’s, and a cocktail recipe seemed all to fitting.
Let me tell you how this cocktail recipe came about. My husband and I have this friend John (really it’s my hubby’s friend from way back when, but I was introduced to him the first week my hubby and I started dating so I’m pretty sure that makes it ok for me to lay some friendship claims of my own) who is known for his alcohol collection. It could rival some bars’ collections, that’s for sure. He has shelves chock-full of booze. Whenever I have a cocktail in mind, chances are I’m going to turn to John for some advice, as I did in this case.
[Tag me on in Instagram, @philiakelnhofer “TGIF so I can make this raspberry collins cocktail from @philiakelnhofer“]
I had always known I wanted to write a cookbook, and before my cookbook had a publisher I was working on an ebook that was going to be called “Five Ingredient Friday’s with Friends and Family.” Each chapter was going to revolve around a friend or family member and what they were known for – and each chapter was going to be titled “5 for ….” – so for example one chapter would have been “5 for Mom” and then the chapter would contain 5, 5-ingredient recipes that moms would enjoy. A little confusing, I know – my editor thought so too.
In the actual cookbook that will be out this summer it’s arranged in chapters that are easier for a home cook to navigate – chapters like ‘breakfast’ which will contain breakfast recipes, it’s pretty revolutionary, lol! Well, in the process of perfecting the table of contents, some of the cocktail recipes I was initially going to include got nixed. John and I had spent a bunch of time coming up with cocktail recipes – one weekend I packed up a bunch of stuff and set up a studio at his house. His roommate and my hubby played video games while we plied them up with booze for ‘recipe testing.’ I of course had to snap some behind the scenes and awe #friendshipgoals right there.
While we were working, other friends stopped by…where there’s booze, they will come, right? One of our friends took a headshot photo of me and John acted as the light bounce board holder. It was a very fun day.
This recipe for a raspberry Collins is a riff on a Tom Collins cocktail which is made from gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. In our recipe we used gin, lime juice, raspberry jam, club soda and a little bit of mint. The cocktail is truly delish! Do you like those cool big ice cubes and Collins glasses? (I was obsessed with the ice cubes, they can be made using an ice cube tray mold like this one, and the glasses are tall cocktail glasses like these) – John had all the cocktail glasses and utensils one could think of.
John is also a fantastic hand model: you may remember his original debut here on the SweetPhi blog from this beer brat and caramelized onion pizza post from last year. I keep telling him needs to start his own blog to showcase not only his hand modeling skills, but to share all the cocktail recipes he creates. Just look at him carrying the tray of cocktails above like a pro -do you recognize the sangria on the tray?
Do you ever make fancy cocktails at home? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- 5 Ingredient Apple Cider Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe
- 5 Ingredient Strawberry Mint Daiquiri
- Refreshing Cucumber Melon Spritzer Drink
5 Ingredient Raspberry Collins Cocktail
- 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
- 1 lime juiced
- 8-10 mint leaves
- 4 oz gin
- 4 ice cubes
- 1-2 cups club soda
- In a cocktail shaker combine jam, juice of lime and mint leaves to combine.
- Add in the gin and 4 ice cubes and shake vigorously for 30 seconds -1 minute.
- Strain the mixture into two glasses.
- Add in ice cubes and then pour club soda to fill the glass. Stir and enjoy!
Little Cooking Tips says
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!
We aren’t much of drinkers ourselves, but this cocktail sure looks great!:) We mostly drink wine, rarely a good beer (usually Belgian or from small local breweries) and sometimes domestic liqueurs like Chios Mastic liqueur which also helps with the digestion process 🙂
We mostly use drinks as ingredients for some desserts, add them in apple pies, cakes etc:) You get the idea:)
Thanx for the yummy recipe dear!
Thank you for the comment! I too am not the biggest drinker, but there a huge cocktail selection everywhere we go, and I love that my husband and his friends make wonderful ones for us to enjoy 🙂
I love these behind the scenes photos! Also, I’ve enjoyed following your euro trip on IG. Hope you will share more posts soon! I’m planning a bachelorette party this weekend and have been searching for fun, colorful cocktail recipes. This one is perfect and I love the bright color!
Your comment totally made my day – as always, Trisha! Thank you for following along on IG! Europe was so fun, my Dublin overview went up this week, and London and Paris are next. It’s crazy how time flies! TGIF 🙂
Lynn @ Order in the Kitchen says
OMG DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN…finally have a use for that gin I have!
Thank you so much girl!! I think you’d absolutely LOVE this cocktail – and when it’s mixed together it’s this beautiful hot pink!
Rebecca@Figs and Pigs says
Oh I could so use one of these right now.
Cocktail time is always, right? 🙂
Dave has gotten super into rye whiskey cocktails so he makes those for us… I like the looks of this cocktail better though 😉 Fruity drinks are my favorite! Great post 🙂
My husband is the same way – I’m like why don’t we make it pink and girly, right? lol. Thanks for commenting 🙂
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I could so go one of these now. I am ready for it to be the weekend already, and the weekend needs to include a raspberry cocktail!
Cocktails just taste so great after a long week, don’t they? You definitely deserve one of these delicious cocktails 🙂
Sune Moolman says
I can just taste it … mmm mmm mmm! And they’re so beautiful! 🙂
Awe, thank you so much for your lovely comment!