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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5 Min
No-Cook or Other


  • 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
  • 1
    maraschino cherry - for garnish
  • 1 slice
    orange - for garnish

How to Make Tom Collins


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