Below is the second cocktail we served at Dovetail boutique last week.
The Tom Collins was the base for the drink. It is a pre-20th Century cocktail consisting of gin, sugar, lemon juice and soda water. It's a good starting off point for a lot of variation, whether it be muddled fruit with the sugar or a simple syrup infused with an herb, spice or fruit.
1oz rosemary syrup
1oz lemon juice
Shake above with ice and strain into a collins glass with ice. Top with equal parts soda water and 7up (we pre-mixed these for ease) and garnish with a small rosemary sprig.
P.S. Alice gave the Collins a nice touch by using the 7up. The attendees seemed to really respond to the added sweetness because it balances the herb.
P.P.S. You may have noticed that both drinks are clear, which is something to consider at the party your hosting. For a clothing boutique, it's essential just in case a drink spills on a garment.