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A Tom Collins is a famous gin-based cocktail created in London, England in the 19th century by a John Collins. When the cocktail first hit the media, there was confusion over the cocktails name concerning a song; debated to be called either John Collins or Jim Collins. The name Tom Collins came from mixing Old Tom gin with John Collins. 


A Tom Collins is a Collins cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water. Very similar to a Gin Fizz cocktail, a Tom Collins is served in a tall glass with ice while a Gin Fizz is in a low ball with no ice. The recipe has evolved. Now Tom Collins generally use sugar syrup over a spoonful of sugar. We also now garnished with a lemon slice and a cherry.


There are various variations. Ones which use lime juice instead of lemon. a Simple Summer Collins which is equal parts gin and lemonade served over ice with an optional fruit garnish. The Vodka Collins uses vodka instead of gin. The Juan Collins is with tequila, lime juice, sugar and club soda also served in a collins glass. 



  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 25ml Sugar Syrup
  • 125ml Chilled Soda Water



  • Collins Glass 
  • Stirrer



  • Build the drink in a collins glass with plenty of ice
  • Stir gently
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and a cherry

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