The Perfect Easy Cocktail for a Springtime Brunch

Hemsley Collins
Photo: Johnny Miller

A leisurely springtime brunch is one of our favorite ways to spend a Sunday, whether we’re celebrating a holiday or just soaking up the seasonal sunshine. This weekend, sub out traditional mimosas and Bloody Marys for a round of Hemsley Collins, a refreshingly light and pleasingly tart beverage from Good + Simple ($23; available for pre-order on, the newest cookbook from popular food blogging duo Hemsley + Hemsley. Hosting a sizable crowd? Prepare a batch ahead by mixing all of the ingredients but the sparkling water. Serve alongside chocolate drizzle coconut macaroons for a sweet and easy spread. Try the recipe below.

Hemsley Collins

Serves 2


1.7 oz vodka
1½ oz lemon juice
4 tsp raw honey
Thin lemon slices
5 oz sparkling water, divided
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


1. Shake vodka, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker (or skip the vodka for a mocktail).

2. Pour into two ice-filled glasses. Add lemon slices and sparkling water, gently stir, and garnish with mint.

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