Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. It is a classic drink which can be from gin or even vodka (when made with vodka, it is known as a Vodka Collins). This recipe uses the traditional gin. It is served in a Collins glass over ice. The Collins treatment works well with other liquors: there are the Whiskey Collins or John Collins; the Rum Collins (light rum) or Charlie Collins (Jamaican rum), which are usually made with lime juice instead of lemon and a couple dashes of Angostura bitters.


  • 2 Oz gin — London dry gin
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1/2 Oz lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Collins glass
  • Sliced lemons and maraschino cherries.

Elaboration Process

  1. Add in the shaker the brown sugar, the lemon juice and gin and mix. Shake the mixture vigorously for about 20 seconds or until the mixture feels very cold. Fill the cocktail glass (John Collins) with cubed ice just up to about 1/3. Add the lemon slices to the glass and top up the glass with ice cubes.
  2. Place the cocktail strainer on top of the cocktail shaker and strain the mixture into the cocktail glass. Fill the remainder of the glass with soda. You can also add a splash of lemonade.
  3. Garnishes may included sliced lemons and maraschino cherries.

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