Rum Collins
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Rum Collins
Cocktail recipe

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4.7 / 5
The Rum Collins is a refreshing and classic cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. It has a history dating back to the 19th century when the Collins ... more The Rum Collins is a refreshing and classic cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. It has a history dating back to the 19th century when the Collins drink family first emerged. This variation of the Collins features white rum as its base spirit, along with fresh lime juice, sugar, and a generous splash of soda water to top it off. The addition of sugar balances out the tartness of the lime, creating a well-rounded and slightly sweet flavour. The soda water adds a light and bubbly texture to the drink, making it extremely easy to sip on. The Rum Collins is a timeless cocktail that is loved for its simplicity, yet complex and delicious flavour profile.
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White rum
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Cocktail cherry, lemon
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Rum Collins expertly melds the zesty punch of fresh lime with the subtle sweetness of white rum, creating a refreshing beverage that dances on the palate. The addition of soda water injects a delightful fizz, enhancing the drink’s refreshing quality while the sugar delicately balances the tartness, making it a perfect pick for those warm, lazy afternoons.

Method
How to make a Rum Collins

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Squeeze the juice from the lime
Add to a cocktail shaker with the light rum, a teaspoon of sugar and ice, and shake until properly mixed and chilled
Strain into a highball glass with ice and top up with the soda water
Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry then serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Rum Collins cocktail?

The Rum Collins belongs to the Collins family of cocktails, which originated in the mid-19th century. The original Collins is attributed to a headwaiter named John Collins of Limmer's Old House, in London. The traditional Collins is made with gin, but variations like the Rum Collins use rum as the base spirit, adapting the recipe to cater to different tastes.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of rum other than white rum for a Rum Collins?

Yes, you can use different types of rum to make a Rum Collins, although white rum is preferred for its light and crisp flavor, which complements the tangy lime and sweetness of sugar. Other rums, like aged or dark rum, will give the cocktail a deeper flavor profile, which might be appealing depending on personal taste.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Rum Collins?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Rum Collins can be made by substituting the rum with a non-alcoholic spirit or by omitting the alcohol altogether and increasing the amount of soda water. Non-alcoholic bitters can also be added to simulate the complexity of the alcohol. This version provides a similar refreshing experience without the alcohol.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

How should I serve a Rum Collins for the best taste?

A Rum Collins should be served in a highball glass with plenty of ice. It's best enjoyed cold, so make sure to shake the mixture of lime, sugar, and rum with ice vigorously before straining it into the glass. Topping it off with soda water adds the necessary fizz. Garnish with a slice of lime or a lemon wheel to enhance the flavor.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Rum Collins?

The Rum Collins, with its refreshing and slightly sweet profile, pairs well with a wide range of foods. It's particularly good with light appetizers, seafood dishes, and grilled meats. The cocktail's crispness can cut through the richness of fried foods, making it a great companion for dishes like fish tacos, shrimp cocktail, or even barbecue.

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