Basil Lemon Collins

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine! | platingsandpairings.com

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It’s a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine!

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine! | platingsandpairings.com

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine! | platingsandpairings.com

A couple weeks ago I was invited to an exclusive tasting event with chef Trent Pierce of Portland’s Roe Restaurant as part of the Pure Leaf Tea House Collection’s Travelling Tea House. I jumped at the chance for a couple reasons. No. 1 being that I love Roe and the food they create. We celebrated my birthday there a few years back with their decadent Chef’s Tasting Menu. It was seven courses of the most delicate, extravagantly presented seafood.

The No. 2 reason being that I heard there would be cocktails. Actually, for this event, they were mocktails – A good thing since I had to go back to work afterwards. We sampled an Anise Hyssop Julep and a Basil Collins.

While we were happily sipping away on our tea mocktails, Chef Trent gave us a cooking demonstration where he prepared the most beautiful Scallop Crudo with Green Tea Ponzu – You may have caught a picture of it on my Instagram feed. And then… We got to eat. Let me just say, it was one of the most decadent “work lunches” I’ve ever had. And while I couldn’t get the crudo out of my head, I just found it to be a bit daunting to make at home. Instead, I set right out to recreate the cocktails – This time with actual booze in them. I mean, because… You know.

Chef Trent Pierce of Roe Restaurant.
Chef Trent Pierce of Roe Restaurant.

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine! | platingsandpairings.comMy good friend Alyssa gave me a beautiful bottle of Vivacity Gin as a housewarming gift. I just love how pretty the bottle is, plus it’s local – made in Corvallis, Oregon. She gives the best gifts. You know that one friend who just nails it every time? That’s Alyssa. Not only did she give me the gin, she also threw in some of the best tonic water (perfect for making these Gin & Tonics), a few limes, a cocktail jigger, and a fun patterned dish cloth all displayed beautifully inside a large glass lantern. See? She just wins it every time. #CantCompete

You know what else is a winner? This cocktail. This Lemon Basil Collins has all the flavors going on – Tea, ginger, basil, lemon, a hefty dose of aforementioned beautiful gin. It’s the perfect cocktail for sipping on sunny summer afternoons.

This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine! | platingsandpairings.com

Basil Lemon Collins

Course: Cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: Trent Pierce
This Basil Lemon Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with gin, basil, lemon, ginger and tea. It's a perfect drink for sipping in the summer sunshine!
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Ingredients

Basil Lemon Collins:

  • 3 ounces Pure Leaf Tea House Collection™ Fuji Apple & Ginger
  • 3/4 ounces lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce honey simple syrup recipe below
  • 2 ounces soda water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 6 leaves basil
  • 1 coin of ginger peeled
  • 1 ounce gin

Honey Simple Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

Honey Simple Syrup:

  1. Mix together the water and honey until dissolved completely.

Basil Lemon Collins:

  1. Place basil and ginger in a large glass and muddle aggressively. Fill glass 3/4 full with ice cubes, pour in remaining ingredients and stir. Serve immediately.

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10 comments

  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    I love an event like that: your photos look great! And that sounds like a nice drink for a hot summer day 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thank you Vivian 🙂

      Reply

  2. Catherine @ Ten Thousand Hour Mama

    I love tea in cocktails! And just looking at these photos makes me feel refreshed. 🙂

    Reply

    1. Erin

      🙂 Cheers Catherine!

      Reply

  3. Create/Enjoy

    Drop-dead gorgeous photos, as always! Sounds like a delicious, summery drink!!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Thanks so much! It’s definitely a great summer cocktail – Super refreshing!

      Reply

  4. Lisa @ This Beautiful Day

    Ok yum! I love how you can control the amount of sweetener you’d like to put in too. Look refreshing!

    Reply

  5. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    So great to see you at this! Love all of the new Pure Leaf tea collection flavors and love this Basil Lemon Collins too!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      It was great to see you too Marlynn!!! I’m with you, I was definitely impressed with all of the flavors in the new collection!

      Reply

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