Traditional Tom Collins

Renée G.


I suppose every bar in every part of the country has their own recipe for the Tom Collins. This is the recipe I learned years ago working my way through college as a bartender (sometimes I wasn't even old enough to go there as a customer). But, I could dress and look older, and nobody ever questioned my actual age. Sigh - yes back then, we wanted to look older - now, we want to look younger.

NOTE: I prefer Tanqueray London Dry Gin but you can use whatever your preference might be.

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1½ oz. gin
½ oz. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
½ oz. simple syrup
3 oz. club soda
1 slice orange
stemmed maraschino cherry

How to Make Traditional Tom Collins


  • 1In a shaker filled with ice cubes, add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.
  • 2Shake well.
    Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  • 3Add club soda and stir well.
    Garnish with maraschino cherry and orange slice.

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About Traditional Tom Collins

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American