The Story Behind The Cold Night Collins

While in pursuit of a winterized Tom Collins, I somehow found myself thinking about Daiquiris. To my delight, by combining a Daiquiri base with the length of a Collins, you can create an easy-drinking hybrid that is perfect for colder weather.

The herbal notes of the Benedictine bolster the flavors in the rum, while fresh lime juice pops and brings everything together. The simple syrup adds sweetness, and the tonic water lengthens the drink and gives it a slightly bitter finish.


  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • ½ ounce Benedictine
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces tonic water


  1. Combine all ingredients, except tonic water, in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to chill and combine.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice.
  4. Top with tonic water.

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Updated: 2022-03-24

The Cold Night Collins Recipe