A cold-weather riff on a summertime classic, this Collins combines a favorite wintertime fruit with warming seasonal spice.
2 oz. pomegranate-infused gin
3/4 oz. winter tonic syrup
2 oz. club soda
Garnish: long orange twist
Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled glass, stir to combine and garnish.
Winter Tonic Syrup
1 bottle red wine (something inexpensive that you’d drink on its own)
1 cinnamon stick
6 allspice berries, whole
6 cloves, whole
The zest and juice of 1 orange
15 grams cinchona bark
1 whole nutmeg, grated
Simple syrup (1:1)
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan, bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain through a double layer of cheesecloth and pour into a measuring cup. Add an equal amount of simple syrup to the tonic, stir to combine, and store in a bottle in the refrigerator.
Pomegranate-infused Gin: In a large jar, combine 1-750 ml. bottle of gin with the seeds from 1 whole pomegranate and macerate for one week. Strain into a glass bottle and store in a cool, dark place.
David Kwiatkowski, Sugar House, Detroit