Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail

Looking for a refreshing and unique summer beverage? This Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail is a play on the classic Tom Collins, similar to a Gin Rickey or Gimlet, with a sparkling burst of herby essence.

Tom Collins

I’ve mentioned before, I’m not much of a drinker. Yet every now and again, my hubby and I come up with cocktail recipe that is right up my alley.

With aromatic lavender filling my flowerbeds and a little Meyer lemon tree in the backyard, it was inevitable these two would come together in a magical way.

Tom Collins Cocktail

For those (like me) who haven’t yet memorized your cocktail handbook, a Tom Collins is a cocktail made of Gin and Club Soda, sometimes with a splash of lemon juice and simple syrup. A Gin Rickey is very similar with a hefty squeeze of lime juice. A gimlet, as far as I can tell, is gin with more lemon/lime and just a touch of soda.

So I don’t know exactly what to call this, but it’s pretty spectacular.

Gimlet - Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail

My version of the Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail involves a homemade lavender simple syrup, gin, club soda and a generous squeeze of Meyer lemon. The bright floral flavor of the Meyer lemon, and the flowery herby essence of the lavender, are the perfect pairing with the piney juniper taste of gin. Top it off with bubbles and you have something special.

Lavender Simple Syrup

I could drink this Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail all day long… but I won’t. Somehow I’d only embarrass myself. But the smooth refreshing flavor is hard to resist.

You can make this cocktail two different ways, stirred in a glass over ice or shaken and poured into a martini glass. I prefer mine over ice, while the hubs likes his shaken, not stirred.

Gin Rickey - Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail

Either way, you will find this gin rickey-gimlet-tom collins cocktail mutation quite satisfying. They go down easy.

Probably a little too easy!


Yield: 1

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail


For the Simple Syrup:

  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 bunch lavender, buds, stems and leaves (or 3 Tb. dried culinary buds)

For each Tom Collins Cocktail:

  • 1 ounce lavender simple syrup
  • 1 ounce Meyer lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 2 ounces good gin
  • ice
  • club soda


  1. Heat the water, sugar and lavender in a small pot of high heat. Bring to a low boil, then cover and remove from heat. Allow the simple syrup to steep for 20 minutes. Pour through a sieve to remove the lavender. Place the the fridge until ready to use.
  2. For each cocktail: Fill a glass half way with ice. Pour the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin over ice. Stir, then top with club soda.
  3. For a martini-style Tom Collins: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the simple syrup, lemon and gin. Cover and shake for 30-60 seconds, until frothy. Pour into a martini glass and add 1-2 oz. of club soda.

More Summer Beverages:

French Lavender Lemonade

Raspberry Basil Mojito

POG Punch

Sparkling Pineapple Mint Juice ~ Gourmande In The Kitchen

Very Berry Bellini ~ Bell Alimento

Kiwi Blackberry Sangria ~ Yummy Mummy

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32 Responses to “Lavender Meyer Lemon Tom Collins Cocktail”

  1. #
    Belinda @zomppa — June 18, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    Nice to meet you Lavender Tom. =)


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    shelly (cookies and cups) — June 18, 2012 @ 6:16 am

    What a gorgeous cocktail!


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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — June 18, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    omg what a great idea! I bet the Meyer Lemon flavors this to perfection


  4. #
    Karen Harris — June 18, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    What an inspired recipe. This would be perfect for our next family barbeque. I can’t wait to try it.


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    MIss @ Miss in the Kitchen — June 18, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    Totally gorgeous, love these photos and I’m sure I’d love the cocktail just as much.


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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — June 18, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    Such a fabulous cocktail! Looks perfect!


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 18, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    i love love love that shot of the orange with the twist of the peel missing! super impressive…every time i’ve ever tried to do that i end up just wrecking the whole thing :)


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    Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry — June 18, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    I’m not a drinker, but that looks like a work of art in a glass! Very nice!


  9. #
    Angie — June 18, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    How refreshing, make me one!


  10. #
    Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — June 18, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    These would be so refreshing on a hot summer day! :)


  11. #
    sweetsugarbelle — June 18, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    This is GORGEOUS, Sommer!


  12. #
    nikki whited — June 18, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    sounds divine!!! i’m off to the liquor store for the gin, we are trying this tonight!!! good work you two!


    • Sommer — June 18th, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      Let me know what you think!


  13. #
    marla — June 18, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    Such a beautiful cocktail Sommer + I love the idea of that homemade lavender simple syrup.


  14. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 18, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    What a wonderful drink and I’m embarassed to say I nver knew what was in a Tom Collins. Sounds simply delicious!


  15. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — June 18, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    I’m not much of a drinker, either, but this sounds really good!


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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — June 18, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I’ve never tried cooking/baking with lavender, but it sounds so earthy and fun! Definitely going to try your simple syrup on the next go round! And looking forward to trying the cocktail as well. :)


  17. #
    amy @ uTryIt — June 18, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    What a refreshing and unique cocktail. Now, I have one more wonderful Meyer Lemon recipe to try when I get the Meyer Lemons from my In-Law’s garden. :)


  18. #
    Carolyn — June 18, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I’m always up for a cocktail, especially a classic like this!


  19. #
    Nancy Long — June 18, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    always looking for things to do with the lavender in my garden – but do have a problem finding Meyer lemons in my area


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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 19, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    What a gorgeous and refreshing way to use your lemon tree and lavender crop. Thanks for sharing this lovely drink, Sommer!


  21. #
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — June 19, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    This is perfect, I’ve got some lavander and meyer lemons in the backyard that are now going to be put to good use!


  22. #
    Russell at Chasing Delicious — June 19, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    Oooh. I wish I had gin because this sounds delightful!


  23. #
    Nelly Rodriguez — June 19, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

    I’ve got all those ingredients! Looks amazing and so refreshing!


  24. #
    val — June 24, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Such a wonderful Summer cocktail.


  25. #
    Marcie Enck — June 1, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    Distilled beverages bottled with added sugar and added flavorings, such as Grand Marnier, Frangelico, and American schnapps, are liqueurs. In common usage, the distinction between spirits and liqueurs is widely unknown or ignored; consequently, all alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine are generally referred to as spirits.^*..

    Good day to you



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