We work out hard, but we want to have some fun too. You don’t have to confine yourself to boring low-cal adult beverages like vodka and soda when you want to unwind; in this series, we’ll give you some “healthy” drink recipes featuring seasonal, fresh ingredients paired with local spirits.

First up, let’s talk about Tom Collins. Who’s Tom? Well, that’s a long story, but this is a sparkling lemonade taking on the form of a refreshing cocktail. The drink, normally consisting of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda, can be made into a dramatically healthier option by cutting sugar and substituting seltzer in place of club soda.

We recommend using Bluecoat Gin, which is made in Philadelphia, and it compliments a Tom Collins with its citrus notes. By substituting seltzer in place of club soda, you can cut any unnecessary sodium. We recommend you cut sugar for obvious reasons,  but if you’re in need of a bit of sweetness, you can make simple syrup by mixing one part honey with one part hot water.

Recipe:

2 oz Bluecoat Gin

3/4 oz Lemon juice

1/2 oz *Simple Syrup (honey & hot water)

Seltzer water

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into the shaker and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into glass, top with seltzer water and garnish with lemon wheels. Makes one serving.

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