tom collins

I recently started getting back into a classic drink and find it super refreshing as a summer patio beverage. So, who is Tom Collins anyways?

The name Tom Collins was derived from two things: the type of gin that was originally used, Old Tom Gin, and the type of glass this drink is typically served in, a Collins glass. I definitely need to invest in some Collins glasses!

This cocktail is great for gin lovers and non-gin lovers, too! Unlike a classic gin and tonic, the ingredients in this drink tame the taste of the gin making it much easier to drink and more enjoyable for people who aren’t always a fan.

tom collins cocktail

Tom Collins Recipe

Makes 1 drink


  • 2 oz dry gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • soda water
  • lemon wedge for garnish
  • cocktail cherry for garnish
tom collins cocktail ingredients

To make the cocktail:

  1. Combine gin, syrup and juice with ice in a shaker and shake until chilled
  2. Strain into an ice-filled highball
  3. Top with soda water
  4. Garnish with lemon wedge and cherry
  5. Sip and enjoy!

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