Tequila Collins
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Tequila Collins
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The Tequila Collins is a refreshing twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, substituting tequila for the traditional gin. Originating as a variation of the Collins family of drinks, which ... more The Tequila Collins is a refreshing twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, substituting tequila for the traditional gin. Originating as a variation of the Collins family of drinks, which are characterized by their combination of lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water, the Tequila Collins brings a distinctive Mexican flair to the table with the inclusion of tequila as its base spirit. The cocktail balances the tangy citrus flavor of lemon juice with the sweetness of sugar syrup, all brought together by the effervescence of soda water. The Tequila Collins is typically served in a highball glass, creating a long, cool drink that's perfect for sipping on a warm day. Its popularity lies in its simplicity and the way it showcases the agave-forward flavor of tequila in a light, accessible manner.
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15 key ingredients
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Tequila
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Glacé cherry
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Tequila Collins

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour ingredients into a highball glass over ice and stir well
Garnish with glacé cherry and serve

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·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you properly stir a Tequila Collins to ensure the mix is well combined?

To properly stir a Tequila Collins, first add the tequila, lemon juice, and sugar syrup into the highball glass filled with ice. Use a long spoon to reach to the bottom of the glass and stir smoothly for about 30 seconds to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed and the cocktail is chilled. Then, top up with soda water and stir gently once more to integrate it into the mix without losing too much carbonation.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some recommended garnishes for a Tequila Collins?

A traditional garnish for a Tequila Collins includes a lemon slice and a cherry. For a more modern twist, consider adding a sprig of mint or a thin wheel of cucumber to enhance the freshness. These garnishes are not only visually appealing but also complement the zesty and refreshing nature of the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can any other sweeteners be used in place of sugar syrup in a Tequila Collins?

Yes, alternative sweeteners can be used in place of sugar syrup in a Tequila Collins. Honey syrup, agave nectar, or simple maple syrup can be excellent substitutes. Keep in mind that these alternatives may introduce subtle flavor variations to the cocktail. It's advisable to start with a small amount and adjust according to taste, as these sweeteners can vary in sweetness compared to sugar syrup.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal temperature to serve a Tequila Collins?

A Tequila Collins is best served cold. The use of plenty of ice in the highball glass ensures that the cocktail is chilled. Additionally, make sure that the soda water is cold before topping up the drink. This not only keeps the drink at an ideal temperature for enjoying but also helps maintain the effervescence of the soda, providing a refreshing drinking experience.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Tequila Collins compare to that of a classic Margarita?

A Tequila Collins has a lower alcohol content, typically around 8%, due to it being topped up with soda water which dilutes the cocktail. In contrast, a classic Margarita, which does not contain a diluting component like soda, generally has a higher alcohol content, often between 15% to 20%, depending on the proportions of its ingredients. Thus, a Tequila Collins is a milder option, making it suitable for those preferring a less potent cocktail.

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