A classic Tom Collins is a refreshing mix of Gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and soda all topped off with a bright red maraschino cherry.
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What possibly started out as the John Collins in London, this was the name of the head waiter who worked at Limmer’s Old House in the Mayfair area of London. The first Tom Collins drink dated back to 1876 so this drink has some history.
With over 18 other Collins drinks, the Classic Tom Collins is still the most popular and makes appearances in movies and TV shows like Meet the Parents and Mad Men.
Perfectly refreshing for those hot summer days and made with just a few simple ingredients. Gin (vodka can be used), fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda and garnished with maraschino cherries served in a tall glass.
This drink must be served in a tall glass. There is a glass called a Collins glass specifically made to serve this drink.
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2 ounces (4 tablespoons) gin
1 ounce (1 tablespoons) lemon juice
½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup * see note
8 ounces (236 ml) club soda/carbonated water
Maraschino/glacé cherry for garnish
- Pour the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a tall glass, stir. Fill with ice and top up with club soda. Garnish with the cherry.
* To make simple syrup add 1 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon water to a saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 0g
This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.
8 Comments on “Classic Tom Collins”
I’m a big fan of gin, and love martinis, gin & tonics, and gimlets. I remember liking ‘Tom Collins mixer’ as a soda years ago, so was interested in trying this ‘from scratch’ recipe. So simple, and really good! With the small amount of simple syrup, it’s dry; even drier than some tonic waters. Very good! Will make this one again!
Thank you for the feedback, I’m so happy you enjoyed the drink.
Very good drink and I can adjust sweetness to taste
I’m glad you like it, thank you.
This looks so refreshing and yummy! I would love one right now! Cheers!
This is a fun recipe for a drink. Love the idea