June 10, 2015 20

Infused Tom Collins with Basil Simple Syrup

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

I think the best part about moving to the Midwest, and I’ve written about this before, is the ability to have a house with a outdoor space and a garden and a grill and a patio set and all of those adult things we never got to do/have while living in our city apartment. Last night we officially kicked-off our backyard barbecue season with some grilled veggie fajitas and some grilled garlic scapes and some great guacamole and beer and really, really good company.

And while though there are still some days where I feel totally displaced and lonely here in the Midwest – the connections and friendships we’ve made here in St. Louis in such a short time are real and meaningful and vital. There’s something about the genuinity of Midwestern people that I can get down with. So if you’re a STL local and you’ve reached out to say hello, thank you, I really mean it!

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

I’m in the mood this season to roll out a bunch of summer cocktails. Mostly ones infused with ingredients from my garden, starting with this Basil Infused Collins you guys! This collins cocktail is sponsored by the awesome folks over at Sonoma Syrups, and they were kind enough to send me a giant box of syrups to sample. Out of their massive syrup collection, I sampled the White Ginger, amazing in sparkling water! The Vanilla Bean, and it’s best in iced coffee! The Mint, put this in your lemonade, obviously. The Pomegranate, mix this into a balsamic reduction and drizzle over berries. And a splash of the Lavender makes a mellow summer sangria. But for this recipe I ended up going with the Classic simple syrup because it’s so versatile.

Sonoma Syrups are made in the U S of A with locally sourced and organic ingredients whenever possible. To get more inspiration on how to infuse Sonoma Syrups into your life, click here.

Today {like last week’s post} I’m going to keep the words light and the photos heavy, because I’m headed out the door with my man for a little time away in Missouri wine country. Oh and I’ve been meaning to share this with you! I did a little interview over on Gabriel’s podcast. I sound {and look, yes there’s a video portion} like a total geek, but you might want to give it a listen, xo!

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins | @withfoodandlove

Basil Infused Collins {print me!}

Notes: this recipe will make about 1 cup of basil infused simple syrup. Any extra can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or so.


  • 2 giant handfuls fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • gin
  • fresh lemons
  • club soda or sparkling water
  • ice

In a blender whiz together until finely chopped the simple syrup and basil leaves. Run the mixture through a strainer to collect any larger leaves. Your basil infused simple syrup is now finished, see notes for storage.

Fill a glass {a Collins glass if you have one} with ice. Pour in 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce basil infused simple syrup and juice from 1/2 lemon. Give it a gentle stir and top with club soda.

Enjoy responsibly!

This post is sponsored by Sonoma Syrups; all opinions are my own.

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20 Responses to "Infused Tom Collins with Basil Simple Syrup"

  1. Reply

    sue | theviewfromgreatisland

    June 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    I love this cocktail – the basil sounds so refreshing!

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Thanks Sue! Basil is your cocktail is the bomb!!

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    lynsey | lynseylovesfood

    June 10, 2015 at 5:41 PM

    yes!! i love using fresh herbs in cocktails. I made a basil julep and has quickly become one of my favourite. Have fun with your man! xo

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      Right aren’t herbs in your drink just the best?! Thanks Lynsey, xo!!

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    June 11, 2015 at 12:25 PM

    Basil in a cocktail sounds like such a fantastic idea for sumer! Especially a gin cocktail. :) Yay!

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:17 PM

      Oh yeah basil and gin are magical together, xo!

  4. Reply


    June 11, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Hi Sherrie!

    Enjoyed your “Pressure Cooker” comments.

    You are sooo in tune with the needs of healthy foods for all!

    Also, the photos prompt me to make each drink, dish and delicacy that you prepare.

    Keep it up.

    A true admirer.

    ANDREA :)

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      June 11, 2015 at 9:16 PM

      YOU’RE SO SWEET! xx

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    June 12, 2015 at 12:22 PM

    OMG this sounds amazing! I love basil in my cocktails, and since I’m just getting into gin this is totally perfect. I’ll have to check out that syrup company too. So much goodness here!

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      June 12, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Thanks Sarah! And yeah you’ll LOVE this with gin if you’re just getting into it, xo!!

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    June 13, 2015 at 3:02 AM

    I love using basil in summer cocktails; it just seems so right and fresh at this time of year.

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      June 20, 2015 at 2:49 PM

      Oh yeah and basil + gin is a total dream :)

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    Megan A.

    June 15, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    My basil (and mint) plant is growing at a crazy fast pace this year, so this is such a great way to use some of it!

    And from one St. Louis transplant to another…welcome! (a few months late) I hope the Midwest, more specifically St. Louis, really grows on you. It really is a great city!

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      June 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Hi Megan! So far, St. Louis is pretty a-okay. It’s a BIG change for me, but I am really starting to appreciate its small and vibrant food community. And I feel really lucky to be so embraced here. All my love, all the time, xo!

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    Renee Kemps

    June 16, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    This looks so refreshing! And love all the photos (: Hope you’re enjoying the Missouri wine country!

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      June 20, 2015 at 3:43 PM

      Hey Renee, thanks love, xo!!

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    Lily | Kale & Caramel

    June 17, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    I woke up this morning, wandered into my kitchen, perused the scene, settled myself on a glassful of basil growing roots and flowers by water alone, and decided the best way to wake myself up would be to stick my face into its leaves and breathe deep. Therefore I’m also concluding that I should now use this basil to make myself this Collins asap. All those syrups sound amazing, too. Can’t wait to try!

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      June 20, 2015 at 3:46 PM

      I don’t think there is more beautiful + vibrant + self-soothing smell than basil, especially in the summer. All my love, all the time to you Lily, xo!

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    Jane Maynard

    July 8, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    the photos are GORGEOUS. plus, I need to drink this! :)

  11. Reply

    Eden Passante

    October 24, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    I like the idea of basil being infused into this cocktail. It makes for such a unique and interesting drink! Great idea!

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