Classic cocktail recipe: Tom Collins

Tom Collins CocktailThis informative column comes to us from Sean Ludford, creator and editor of, an online beverage magazine. He’s a regular contributor to – Taylor

This classic drink has been a staple in cocktail recipe books for well over a century. The simple, but tasty “Collins” treatment of adding a fresh lemon and sugar to a spirit of choice will provide many happy cocktails hours at your home bar. Please promise to never buy those horrible and insipid Collins mixes!


1 1/2 oz. London Dry Gin (read an Introduction to Gin)
1 oz. Fresh lemon juice
1 oz. Simple syrup (make your own by heating equals parts sugar and water in a saucepan until sugar dissolves. Cool before use. – Taylor)
Club soda


Fill a tall Collins glass three-quarters full with cracked ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well to combine and then top the glass with club soda giving a gentle stir. Garnish with an orange slice and optionally add a lime wedge or cherry.


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