By Solid State

Persimmon Collins Cocktail

Inspired by Freshman


A simple and festive persimmon Collins cocktail recipe made with homemade persimmon syrup, freshly squeezed lemon, and vodka.

Cocktail Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3 ounces persimmon syrup
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • seltzer
  • persimmon and lemon slices for garnish
  • star anise for garnish

Persimmon Syrup:

  • 2 small persimmons , tops removed and chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 2- inch strips lemon zest plus 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 whole star anise
  1. To make the persimmon syrup, combine persimmons, sugar, water, lemon zest and juice, and star anise in a small non-reactive saucepan set over medium heat. When mixture boils, edge heat down to a gentle simmer and steep for 20 minutes. Remove zest and star anise (star anise can be rinsed and reserved for cocktail garnish), puree, and funnel into a container with a lid. Chill. Syrup will keep for 1 week sealed in the fridge. Makes about 1 1/2 cups syrup.
  2. To make persimmon Collins cocktails, fill a cocktail shaker and two Old-Fashioned glasses (or Collins glasses if you're a stickler) with ice. Measure vodka, syrup, and lemon juice into shaker. Seal, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into glasses, top off with seltzer; garnish with persimmon and lemon slices and a star anise.


Freshman offers a summery blend of sea breeze and citrus, evoking the sun kissed coastline of the Mediterranean.

NOTES: Bitter citrus, Bergamot, Persimmon