This Tom Collins mocktail is a sweet twist on the classic Prohibition Era Cocktail. It is made with a lavender simply syrup and Monday Zero Proof Gin for a delicate floral/earthy flavor. If you’re looking for a mocktail that isn’t just juice and club soda, this one is for you!
Once I started really prioritizing quality sleep, I decided to cut out any kind of alcohol entirely. I am a drink girl through and through though and I love having something to sip on on a Friday night with friends. Mocktails have been the perfect drink for me. Over the past year I have been trying every brand of Non-Alcoholic spirits that I have come across. Granted, I always only use them in mixed drinks, but the flavor of the Monday Zero-Proof spirits in these drinks is just unmatched. Their Zero-Proof Gin is one of my favorites and that’s what I use in this Tom Collins Mocktail.
Lately I have been re-reading some of my favorite F. Scott Fitzgerald books. I’ve always loved history in general, but any time I read his work, I find myself entirely captivated by the Jazz Era specifically.
The Tom Collins was a popular cocktail during The Jazz Era, and I found the Monday Zero-Proof Gin to be perfectly on brand for this Tom Collins Mocktail and really adding to the character of the elixir.
Tom Collins History & Origin
The exact origin of the Tom Collins is unknown; although both Britain and United States claimed the credit for this drink’s creation in the 1920’s. The drink itself dates all the way back to the late 1800’s however. According to some sources, the drink stemmed as a joke – a group of friends would often enter into different bars claiming that “Tom Collins” was nearby making up lies about other bar-goers, stirring up a crowd to find the imaginary man. This drink became exceeding popular during the prohibition era as gin quickly became the spirit of choice for its simplicity to produce. “Bathtub Gin” was the base of many cocktails during prohibition, including the Tom Collins. For this Tom Collins Mocktail, I use a Zero-Proof Gin. You can find it here. (This is not an affiaiate link. I TRULY just love this one!)
If you love this Mocktail, make sure to check out my favorite Citrus Mint Winter Mocktail also! This Winter Mocktail is lighter than the Tom Collins Mocktail and perfect for an evening sitting on the porch or night in with friends.