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Tom Collins shortcut: San Pellegrino limonata

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I've been drinking Tom Collins this summer (2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, tsp of superfine sugar, shaken with ice and topped with soda). It occurred to me the other day that San Pellegrino limonata - the lemon-flavored one - is basically a Tom Collins minus the gin, since it's a tart, not-too-sweet, very lemony soda. Mixed with some gin, it produces a credible Tom Collins in a flash. OK, maybe not exactly a Tom Collins, but very close and very delicious and very easy to bring with you (a six pack of limonata and a bottle of Gordon's and you've got yourself stocked for a long day at the beach or evening at the campsite).

Just thought I'd share...

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  1. I'm glad it's not just me that's been "cheating" this way for a year or so now.

    1. Good tip. Thanks for sharing.

      1. In Spain, they mix red wine with red Fanta to make sangria!

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        1. re: DavidT

          Or red wine with Sprite/7-Up to make tinto de verano. Surprisingly delicious and refreshing, and a great way to use up mediocre red wine.

          1. re: DavidT

            Rosé + grapefruit San Pelligrino makes a delicious wine spritzer (or call it sangria - either way, tastes good!)