Tom Collins

Vickie Parks


This is the basically the very same (or quite similar) recipe for a classic Tom Collins cocktail that can be found on almost all mixology and cocktail websites. It's really good and quite refreshing on a hot summer day. I'm not exactly sure of its history, but it seems to have originated in New York in the late 1800s and was a modern variation of a popular libation, the John Collins, that was popular in the 1800s in London.

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2 oz
gin (old tom gin, if possible--otherwise, any quality gin will work)
1 oz
fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp
superfine sugar
3 oz
carbonated water (club soda or seltzer water)
ice cubes
maraschino cherry - for garnish
1 slice
orange - for garnish

How to Make Tom Collins


  • 1In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • 2Shake well, and strain into a tall Collins glass almost filled with ice cubes.
  • 3Add the club soda, and garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

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About Tom Collins

Course/Dish: Cocktails
Main Ingredient: Alcohol
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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