Elderflower Collins (and a piece of toast)

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Do you know what day it is?

There are only two correct answers to that query, the first of which is:

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The second of which is: there are only 8 days until the return of Arrested Development!  Also known as: The Unmaking of a Huge Mistake.

Am I a fan?  YES.  Am I excited?  YES.  What was my first thought when my girl Elizabeth aka the SugarHero brilliantly suggested we come up with some recipes to celebrate this legendary event?  HELL YES.

And that’s what we’re doing here!   A week full of Arrested Development-inspired food from both of us.  Fellow AD fans, this is no illusion: hop on the stair van, because we’re going to the model home.  All.  Week.  Long.  It’ll be more fun than Motherboy.

Everyone else, please pardon the interruption and endless gratuitous references to the show–I hope you still enjoy the recipes.  Also, WHAT are you doing with your life.  (Statement, not a question.)

I’m kicking things off with a nod (and a too-long wink) to Lucille.  The matriarch of the Bluth family enjoys her cocktails–and if it’s before noon, a sensible piece of toast will make it breakfast.

First up, gather your supplies!  Pro tip: if your gin is missing, check the housekeeper’s purse.

A Tom Collins is a classic, no-frills drink of gin, lemon juice, sugar and club soda.  It’s not quite as trendy as other old-school cocktails right now, but I’m almost positive that gin is due to have a moment (resurgence?) soon, just like bourbon is right now.

In any case, this particular twist on the old classic has the unique floral touch of elderflower liqueur.  Lucille is not gentle or sweet or…  Particularly floral, but she is our elder flower, after all.  Let’s all show the lady some respect and share a toast (INTENDED).

Oh look, a convenient clip of some of her best moments!

Any favorites?  I’m partial to “They don’t allow you to have bees in here.”

Elderflower Collins
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  1. 2 ounces gin
  2. 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  3. 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur (I used Thatcher's Organic)
  4. 1 teaspoon (more or less to taste) simple syrup
  5. Club soda
  6. Lemon, for garnish
  1. Combine gin, lemon juice, liqueur and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass (I'm partial to something around an 8-ounce capacity, but it depends on how strong you like your drink). Top with club soda and garnish. Serve with toast, depending on time of day.
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