The Tom Collins, traditionally a sparkling lemonade drink, is our pick as the ideal summer patio drink. In the 1950s and ’60s, it was the official drink of summer, and various gin ads described the...
Shake together the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and 4 slices of cucumber, reserving 1 for garnish.
Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice and top with soda and a float of Benedictine. Garnish with reserved cucumber slice.