Beer Cocktail Recipe: The Hop Collins - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Beer Cocktail Recipe
The Hop Collins

Updated on March 22, 2016

Beer Cocktail Recipe: The Hop Collins

The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail. The basic recipe is as standard as its signature, slender glass. Typically it will consist of gin, lemon, simple syrup, and soda water with a maraschino cherry and lemon twist on top. For our latest beer cocktail creation, we reinvented this fizzy mainstay with a hoppy IPA for an aromatic, complex, and visually fun cocktail. We swap out the soda water with our Everyday IPA (or another fragrant hop-forward IPA) and use old Tom gin, whose mild sweetness helps balance the beer's bitterness. In lieu of the lemon and cherry, we use a fresh raspberry for a garnish with the perfect sweet/tart balance. Stir and serve or let your guests combine the drink table-side.

What You Need

  • 2 ounces old Tom gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (made of equal parts water and sugar)
  • 3 ounces IPA (Everyday IPA is perfect.)
  • 1 Raspberry for garnish
  • 1 toothpick
  • 1 straw
  • Ice

What You Do

  1. Place 3 or 4 ice cubes in a chilled collins glass.
  2. Combine old Tom gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice.
  3. Shake vigorously.
  4. Pour mixture into glass.
  5. Fill to top of glass with IPA. Pour slowly and directly onto an ice cube to minimize foam (keeping carbonation in beer) and to maintain layering.
  6. Skewer raspberry with toothpick and place atop glass for garnish.
  7. Serve with straw, and allow guests to very gently stir cocktail to incorporate beer.