Lazy Tom | Cocktail Party

Lazy Tom

Lazy Tom cocktail with gin and lemon soda

A fresh-made Tom Collins is truly a thing of beauty, but sometimes we just want an easy drink without the hassle of slicing, middling, or shaking.

Enter the Lazy Tom, adapted from a recipe by Charlyne Mattox at Real Simple. It couldn’t be easier – two parts gin, and five parts of a nice lemon soda like Sanpellegrino’s Limonata.

If you want to make it look like you put more than ten seconds of effort into it, consider serving it as a “dressed can.” Pour out the soda into another vessel, pop the whole lid off with a can opener, and use it to hold the finished drink. Top it off with a mound of crushed ice and a fancy garnish, like a lemon wheel and a sprig of basil, along with a straw (don’t drink directly from the can – the rough edges left by the can opener could hurt you!)

Ingredients

Instructions

Build in an ice-filled glass in the order given – or read on for the dressed-can method.

Pour the lemon soda out of its can and reserve. Remove the top of the can with a can opener. Fill with ice, add the gin, and top with the reserved lemon soda. Garnish with a lemon or some fresh herbs, and serve with a straw.

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