Tom Collins

Tom Collins cocktail

The Tom Collins cocktail is a classic American drink made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. It takes its name from the British politician Thomas W. Tomkins. There are a number of legends about how it received its name, but they all agree that it was originally made with Old Tom Gin from the Tomkins distilleries in London.

In 1874 Jerry Thomas mentions the drink in his book “How to Mix Drinks” as being “a particular favorite among our American friends”. In 1909 Robert Hoe published a recipe for the beverage which included applejack as an ingredient instead of gin.

Spirits Used:


2 ounces dry gin
¾ ounce to 1 ounce simple syrup or maple syrup
1 ounce lemon juice
¾ ounce soda water
Ice (try our clear ice!)
For the garnish: maraschino cherry, lemon wheel


1. Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with 4 ice cubes.
2. Shake well until chilled.
3. Strain the liquid into an ice filled glass, and top off the glass with soda water.
4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and cocktail cherry.

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