As y’all know, I don’t have a lot of luck with gardening. I have been known to kill cacti. Ok, kill plastic cacti. But every year I try to clean up the backyard and beautify it with plants that don’t require a lot of attention (read into that: water). I live in Texas and the Sun has a time share here in the summer. But I am giving it the ol’ college try. Actually, no, because I killed every plant I ever had in my dorm room. So better that I give it a whole new level of effort.
Anyway, all that effort translates into exhaustion, and thirst. One thing you learn living here is what NOT to drink while it’s hot. Nothing heavy, too syrupy, and definitely nothing at room temperature. You want, nay NEED something cold, light, and refreshing. And I found my thrill on limoncello hill.
Limoncello Vodka Collins
- 2 oz. vodka
- ¼ oz. limoncello
- 1 oz. simple syrup (or to taste)
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- club soda
- lemon slices for garnish
In an ice-filled shaker, combine the vodka, limoncello, lemon juice and syrup and shake well. Take the lemon slices and press then against the glass, and fill with ice. Pour the mix into glass, and top with club soda. You can adjust the level of sweetness by cutting back on the simple syrup, since the limoncello is already sweet. You can try it with gin which is the standard for a Tom Collins, and even use a citrus vodka for more flavor. All I know is I am stocking up on lemons and club soda for the summer. I already have the rest 😉