Tom Collins is a classic cocktail featuring gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. It has a refreshing lemonade taste, and it’s all you need to cool down on a hot summer day.
The Tom Collins is strikingly similar to the gin punches being served in London bars during the 19th century. Barkeep by the name of John Collins named the drink after himself, whether he invented it. The cocktail was originally made with Old Tom gin, so drinkers eventually started requesting it as Tom instead of John Collins.
Immortalized in Harry Johnson’s 1882 book, “New and Improved Bartender’s Manual: Or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style.” The cocktail remains popular to this day.
The best part of it is how simple it is to make, and you don’t need to visit a bar to have one. The Tom Collins requires no special tools, not even a shaker or strainer. It’s a snap to make at home. Simply build the drink in a tall glass, add ice and an optional garnish, and you’re done. One refreshing sip and you will see why this cocktail lives up to its classic status.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of London Dry gin.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) fresh lemon juice.
- 1/2 Ounce (15 ml) of sugar syrup.
- Club soda.
- Lemon wheel for garnish.
How to make a Tom Collins:
- Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a Collins’ glass.
- Fill with ice, top with club soda, and stir.
- Garnish with a lemon wheel (Optional, add maraschino cherry ).