John Collins

John Collins is a mixed drink that was created in 1874 by John Collins in New York. It is made of iced sugar, sweetened lemon or lime juice, and bourbon whiskey. It is a cocktail which consists of whiskey, lemon juice, sugar and club soda, shaken with ice and served in a collins glass. It is one of the oldest known cocktails and first appeared in print as a "John Collins" in 1874.

Spirit Used


1½ ounces American whiskey (bourbon or rye)
¾ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
¾ simple syrup
4 ounces club soda
Cherry and orange slice for garnish


1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
2. Add ice and shake.
3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Add the club soda and stir.
4. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

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