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Aviation Wing Commander Collins

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I loved lemonade when I was a kid. A friend’s mother used to make pink lemonade from real lemons. I don’t know the recipe but it was a real treat. We had enough Aviation gin left for one more cocktail. It was a wonderful warm day. It was time to experiment.

I also like collins style drinks but they can be a little short on flavour. So, I decided to go for a collins that was closer to the pink lemonade of my childhood.

I started by muddling some mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. I added some gin, lemon juice, pomegranate juice and simple syrup.

Wing Commander Collins

I half filled with ice and shook hard until the shaker was frosted. I strained the cocktail into collins glasses and added club soda.

Wing Commander Collins 1

I added ice cubes and garnished with a lemon wedge.

Wing Commander Collins 2

The Verdict

The main difference between this and a regular collins is a higher level of lemon juice and syrup making it closer to my childhood memory of pink lemonade. However, with Aviation gin in it, it was way better than my childhood memories!

The Old Fat Guy

Aviation Wing Commander Collins

Yield: 1 cocktail

Aviation Wing Commander Collins


  • 6 sprigs mint
  • 2 ounces Aviation gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup (2 parts sugar, one part water, heated until dissolved)
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 3 ounces club soda
  • ice cubes
  • lemon slice for garnish


  1. Muddle the mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and pomegranate juice.
  3. Half fill the shaker with ice and shake hard until the shaker frosts.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a tall collins glass.
  5. Add the club soda and stir softly.
  6. Add ice cubes.
  7. Garnish with lemon slices.
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4 Responses

  1. When you’re not using aviation, do you have a preferred gin? I’ve been using Gordon’s but I’m almost out, thinking I need to branch out a bit.

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