C&C Collins

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You can find the chef at Brooklyn’s Alta Calidad walking through the local market every morning, searching for ingredients for the restaurant’s ultra-fresh Mexican food. One ingredient that’s always on the list: cilantro. That ubiquitous herb inspired beverage director Eric Poplar to create this thirst-quenching take on a Tom Collins. “I created a cilantro simple syrup to help pull some of the flavor but keep the potency of the cilantro in check,” Poplar says. “The addition of a stalk of cilantro to the shaker brings back the fresh, vibrant qualities of the herb without letting the flavor become too overpowering.” A hit of celery simple syrup and celery bitters also helps tone down the cilantro’s spice, while still allowing the herbaceousness to come to the forefront of the cocktail.

C&C Collins

Dry, Savory


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • .5 oz cilantro syrup
  • .5 oz celery syrup
  • 2 stalks fresh Cilantro
  • 1 oz Club soda
  • 2 dashes Celery Bitters
  • 2 dashes balsamic vinegar


Contributed by Eric Poplar