March 13, 2015

What I’m Drinking: The Mike Collins

Here’s a little rock-and-roll tippler for your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day (forget about that chemical-ized green beer – time to step it up). A cousin of the better-known Tom Collins, the Mike version of the family has the same swell refreshing nature of the TC, but switches the gin for good old Irish whiskey. If you are ready to really step up (and you should be — you deserve it), and aren’t afraid of mixing with a fine whiskey, then try Teeling’s flagship small batch whiskey in this. Aged in ex-rum casks, Teeling has a strong and superb taste, with a little herbalness and vanilla and a smidge of sweetness. Oh, you may want to have a little Teeling by itself, too. Why not?

The Mike Collins, from Dark Spirits

Ice cubes
2 ounces Teeling Irish whiskey
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Chilled club soda
Lemon slice, for garnish

1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Add the whiskey, juice, and syrup. Shake well.

2. Fill a Collins glass three quarters up with ice cubes. Strain the mix over the ice. Fill almost to the top with chilly club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice.

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Greg said:

Which Mike Collins is this named after? July 20 will be the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and I’m looking for a Mike Collins, the astronaut.

    ajrathbun said:

    Hello! I’m not sure exactly, but it goes back way back to early last century I believe. Since it’s really a Tom Collins variant, maybe there was a family with Mike and Tom siblings? But sadly not named for the astronaut, though I think it’d be fine to have it in his honor!

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