Bring a touch of glamour to your Christmas celebrations and greet guests with a cocktail. We love the traditional Christmas Collins - a colourful creation by Bombay Sapphire's resident bar man Dickie Cullimore. "For me, the strawberry is the one fruit that typifies a Kiwi summer," says Cullimore of the refreshing combination of gin, fresh and sweet strawberries and fragrant basil. Perfect for a sunny afternoon.
• 45ml Bombay Sapphire
• 45ml soda
• 20ml lemon juice
• 10ml strawberry syrup
• 1 strawberry, roughly chopped
• 4 basil leaves, torn
Garnish: Sprig of basil and a strawberry heart
1. First, place the chopped strawberry and torn basil leaves in a highball glass and gently muddle. Add the Bombay Sapphire, lemon juice, strawberry syrup and ice to a shaker.
2. Shake and strain into the glass. Fill the glass with ice and charge with soda, before garnishing with the basil sprig and strawberry heart. Cheers.
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