His & Hers

Friday, March 4, 2011

You and your sweetheart probably don't chose the same cocktail at a bar; you ask for a glass of champagne, while he orders up a Manhattan. But plenty of liquors are versatile enough to suit his and hers palettes, and gin is one of them. A classic Tom Collins and a sophisticated Harrington are perfect picks for a small cocktail party; you'll only need one bottle of liquor to please everyone!

Tom Collins

2 oz of gin
1 oz of freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz of simple syrup

Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake for no more than 10 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass; top with soda.

the Harrington

2 oz of gin
1/4 oz of orange curacao
1/8 oz of green chartreuse
orange zest

Combine gin, orange curacao and green chartreuse in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake for no more than 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail or coupe glass; Squeeze the zest of one orange peel over the top of the cocktail.

Notes: While a Collins typically calls for Old Tom Gin and a Harrington is best with Miller's Westbourne, the simplicity of Miller's makes it appropriate for both cocktails.

The zest of an orange peel is critical to the Harrington; skip it, and you'll be sipping a sub-par cocktail.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Tell me, what are your plans,
big or small?

Photo by Simon Fazackarley.


  1. :)
    This might cure L's disdain when I always insist on drinking cosmopolitans. It looks so yummy!

    PS: Major envy about the role. I love Tess!

  2. the only thing better than a tom collins is one served with a fun striped straw!

  3. lots of I love Lucy, Reading in the park, and adventures with my cat and sister :)
    Love this post!

  4. Love me a Tom Collins! We're not doing anything this weekend except taking a trip down the street to the library to study up on buying a home. I'm pretty excited for whatever might happen!

  5. Both of these sound yummy! And I love that one bottle for two different drink ideas - makes it easy ;-))) I am planning on going to the Oakland White Elephant Sale this weekend to rummage through a bunch of junk ;-))) Sounds fun, no? Gotta feel good when proceeds benefit Oakland!


  6. What a great thing to know :) This was super helpful!
    Enjoy your weekend gorgeous xo

  7. 6 o'clock here... i think this post has perfect timing!!


  8. Sofia, it's just after 11 am here-I guess I'm getting an early start!

  9. i could use one of these drinks after the day i had, phew! So glad you like the artwork and short stories, I think Lisa is one of the best artists I have come across in awhile

  10. Delicious! We are heading to Palm Springs and hopefully catching a polo match! Have a lovely one!

  11. I never tried the Harrington...hmmm I think I might have to this weekend!!!

  12. I think I want to try both of these :)

  13. I don't know how you do it, but every Friday I feel like an alcoholic because I want one of whatever you're posting about immediately!

    Tuesdays I feel like a shoeaholic ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  14. Great entertaining tip about planning cocktails that require only 1 type of liquor! Happy weekend all!

  15. oh you know just what to say on a friday afternoon. hel-lo tom collins.

    have a great weekend!

  16. An hour until I am off work then then this is what I want to make for tonight's fun!

    I just found your blog and it is lovely!

  17. Tom Collins is my girlfriends only drink, she swears she never gets sick by it. hmmmm! Happy weekend!

  18. This BLOG is ADORABLE! So sweet and full of fun and fact. I just read your about and you are clearly so artistic and find a way to bring all of your interests into your life! I love that.

    I never ask someone to visit my blog in a comment- but I actually think you would like mine. So please, stop by just once.

    We like a lot of the same things.
    Have a nice weekend. Anne

  19. We are having friends over for dinner tonight, and I'm searching for the perfect cocktail! This is definitely in the running- used to be my a's drink when I first met him in college :)



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