How can you improve a sparkling, classic cocktail made ‘on the rocks’ like the Tom Collins? The nation’s #1 alkaline water, Essentia Water, has done just that with this spiced up and full-flavored version for the holiday season.
Good ice can make or break a cocktail; regular “tap ice” is filled with impurities, which transfers unwanted flavor to your drinks and can even make your cubes melt quicker. Essentia designed its Essentia Premium Ice Machine to create high-quality ice made from Essentia’s 99.9% pure water, naturally, within minutes. And, good quality ice will also help hydrate you as well a help prevent a nasty hangover.
Along with premium ice, premium water will also elevate the taste of your cocktail when used to create syrups – like the tart Spiced-Cranberry syrup created for this Tom Collins recipe.
“Ice is the most underrated ingredient in a cocktail. When using poor quality ice (like cloudy, freezer ice), as it melts, it not only dilutes the drink at a faster pace, but it can also negatively affect the flavor profile of the cocktail. Why mix with premium booze if you’re not pairing it with premium ice? Essentia is my choice when making ‘premium ice.’ Its clean, smooth taste allows the true flavors of the cocktail to come through and be enjoyed” says Apartment Bartender, Elliott Clark.
As it’s always thoughtful to offer a zero alcoholic option to your guests, you can substitute the spirit ingredient in the recipe below with brewed green tea. It will create a great tasting, non-alcoholic cocktail, plus, it’s a great way to stay inclusive.
Tom Collins AKA The Essentia(l) Spritz Recipe + Preparation
*created by Elliott Clark AKA Apartment Bartender
- 2 oz – Gin, Vodka or Clear Spirit of choice
- Brewed Green Tea as Non-Alcoholic option
- 1 oz – Lemon Juice
- 3/4 oz – Spiced-Cranberry Syrup*
- 2 oz – Soda Water (or Sparkling Wine)
Combine all ingredients, except for the soda water, into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Strain the drink into a Collins glass over Essentia premium ice, and top with soda water. Gently stir to combine and garnish with speared cranberries and a rosemary sprig.
*Spiced-Cranberry Syrup Ingredients + Preparation:
- 1 cup Fresh Cranberries
- 1 cup Essentia Water
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2-3 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Whole Clove (optional)
- 2 Star Anise (optional)
In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients except sugar to a light simmer until spices start to release aromas and cranberries start to split. Add sugar and stir to dissolve (no need to bring to a boil). Set aside and let cool. Strain into a glass jar and save in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
About Essentia Water
Essentia Water is ionized alkaline water that has a pH of 9.5 or higher. The premium water brand uses a unique, proprietary three-step process that involves purification to remove contaminants and make the water 99.9% pure; the infusion of a mineral blend in trace amounts and ionization to remove bitter-tasting acidic ions. The result is a clean and smooth-tasting ionized alkaline water that provides the body with necessary hydration.
Essentia is the #1 alkaline water sold nationally
Essentia is ionized alkaline water with a 9.5pH or higher that’s better at rehydrating
Only water brand to conduct a clinical study showing it rehydrates better than a leading bottled water
An inclusive water brand driven to improve people’s lives through better hydration
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