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Cora Sue Collins

By The Hearty Boys From Moveable Feast Season 2, Ep.7
Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 1 cocktail

Chef McDonagh puts a spin on the classic Collins with elderflower liqueur and fresh mint (experiment with the many mint varieties for different flavors). He’s named the refreshing cocktail after child actress Cora Sue Collins, who appeared in films alongside the likes of Bette Davis and Greta Garbo in the 1930s and ’40s.


  • 4 medium fresh mint leaves, plus 1 small sprig for garnish
  • 1/2 fl. oz. (1 Tbs.) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) gin
  • 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) elderflower liqueur
  • 4 to 5 fl. oz. (about 1/2 cup) club soda


  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the lemon juice. Add the gin, elderflower liqueur, and ice to fill the shaker. Shake well.
  • Fill a Collins glass with ice and strain the cocktail shaker into the glass. Top with the club soda and garnish with the mint sprig.


Recipe adapted from Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking.

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    Pielove | 03/08/2015

    A delicious, light drink-- the lemon and mint make it very refreshing and the elderflower liqueur adds an interesting floral note and light sweetness nicely offset by the lemon juice. It would be great for hot weather, as it's not very strong-- very quaffable, and not one of those drinks where you're on the floor after one.

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