And just like that, we’re back!
If you haven’t noticed, I took a brief break from the blog earlier this year. I was able to land a new job at company I’ve wanted to work for for a very long time! I wanted to completely focus on being the best I could be in my new role for the first couple of months. After I became more comfortable in my new role, I realized that it would be a great time to step back and re-focus/re-structure the process of how I actually create content and executed this blog. So I took a couple of online courses, and watched lots of YouTube videos, and I even worked on my photography a bit. Now we are back, Nutmeg feels refreshed, and I’m excited to show you everything I’ve been working on!
First things first, we can’t have a blog re-launch without a celebratory cocktail! I knew I wanted to have my first recipe be some kind of bubbly delicious-ness that was also somewhat summery. I landed on a Tom Collins because its sweet, sour, balanced, refreshing, and pretty!
A Tom Collins is traditionally a drink made with gin, sugar, club soda, and lemon juice, served in a Collins glass. The flavor of pink peppercorns was the first thing that popped in my head when I read that strawberries are a common garnish. While I’m not a Tom Collin’s drinker on the regular, I did love that this drink was light, bubbly, and you can easily customize the amount of sweetness.
To incorporate the pink peppercorn flavor, I made a simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, along with the crushed pink peppercorns, bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and simmer until sugar is dissolved, making sure to cool properly before using), which is a really great vehicle to flavor many different foods and drinks. The flavor in this recipe is really light and somewhat subtle, although that is par for the course with pink peppercorns.
Pink Peppercorn Tom Collins recipe adapted from https://www.liquor.com/recipes/tom-collins-2/#gs.qsgmx7
2 oz dry gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce pink peppercorn simple syrup
Club soda, to top
Measure all ingredients except the club soda to a cocktail shaker with a good amount of ice. Shake well. Add fresh ice to a tall tumbler, and pour the mixture over top. Top with club soda and stir lightly. Garnish with lemons and starwberries. Enjoy on a hot summer day with good friends!