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Make Tristan Stephenson’s Lactom Collins

This recipe highlights the citrus, hoppy spices in the gin, fusing them with the acidity of a good sour beer

Makes 1

Preparation time 5 minutes

Cooking time 5 minutes

Beer is a massively unrecognised aperitif that can easily compete with the greats of the cocktail world — such as the Tom Collins. This recipe highlights the citrus, hoppy spices in the gin, fusing them with the acidity of a good sour beer. The trick here is go sparingly with the beer, treating it like a fruit juice rather than a soda.

Ingredients

  • 30ml Tarquin’s Hopster Gin
  • 30ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml egg white
  • Top up with a sour beer, such as Thornbridge Tart

Method

  1. Shake the first 4 ingredients with cubed ice.
  2. Strain the liquid out of the shaker, discard the ice, then shake again to foam the drink up.
  3. Pour the liquid into a chilled highball glass, top up with the beer and garnish with a strip of grapefruit zest.
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