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Jul 23, 2012 08:38 AM

Tom Collins shortcut: San Pellegrino limonata

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!)

          2. A friend of mine recently reproduced the flavor of a Tom Collins for me by mixing Fresca and.. here's where my memory fails me, with something else, was it diet coke? and gin... My parents used to drink the authentic Tom Collins back in the 60's..