Sometimes the weather just calls for a long drink — and a Tom Collins hits the spot on a hot day.
A collins is basically boozy lemonade made with charged water. The best known is probably the Tom Collins, originally made famous by the Tom Collins Hoax of 1874. A Tom Collins traditionally is made with old tom Gin (an older, sweeter version of London dry). A Collins made with London dry requires more sweetener, and is called a John Collins.
A Tom Collins is a great drink for gin and tonic lovers. It is semi-sweet and refreshing, featuring the aromatics and zest of the base gin.
What you need
- 2 oz. old tom gin
- 0.75 oz. lemon juice
- cold soda water to fill
- cherries for garnish
How it's made
Combine gin and lemon juice with ice and shake. If you’re using London dry gin, add 2 teaspoons of simple syrup. Strain into a collins glass filled with cubed ice and top with soda water. We insist on a cherry or two with a drop of the cherry syrup as garnish.