Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups gin
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice, strained (from about 4 lemons)
  • Fruit, as desired, peeled and diced (you'll need about 1/3 cup fruit per drink):
    • Raspberry
    • Strawberry
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pineapple
    • Kiwi
    • Orange
    • Blood Orange
    • Mango
    • Pear
    • Watermelon
  • Crushed ice, as desired
  • 3 cups seltzer water

Directions

Total time: 25 minutes

Bring 1/2 cup water to a light boil. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves to create a simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool.

In a pitcher, stir together simple syrup, gin, and lemon juice. Chill at least 30 minutes.

To make Tom Collins: In a glass, have guests mix together about 1/2 cup drink mix and about 1/3 cup fruit. Add crushed ice and stir with a muddler or a wooden spoon; top with about 1/3 cup of seltzer water.