Tom Collins: Learn Your Cocktail

Normally, we wouldn’t drink a drink named after some bro, but the exception to the rule is the Tom Collins. Don’t know who or what the fuck that is? Prepare for a history lesson.

So, in terms of cocktails, this one is rather old. Unlike most old things though, this one doesn’t suck or make me want to sleep forever. Although the first recipe for a Tom Collins appeared in the 1876 edition of Bar-Tender’s Guide, it is believed to have existed, yet named a John Collins around 1790 in London – after some probs awesome bartender there. Basically, that recipe consisted of Old Tom Gin (a slightly sweet variety), lemon juice, powdered sugar, and plain soda.

It was pretty much the fav drink of fancy gents everywhere – especially in New York – during the late 1800s and it’s still a fav for many today since it’s essentially a spiked lemonade without being a shitty Mike’s. It’ll probs be your new best friend this summer.


  • Ice cubes
  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Soda water (seltzer or club soda fucking duh)
  • A slice of lemon
  • A Maraschino cherry

Place ice in a large glass. Add the gin, lemon juice, and syrup. Top with soda water to the top of the glass then stir. Serve with the lemon slice, cherry, and a pink straw.


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