Tom Collins

Ingredients for Tom Collins - Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon and Club SodaThe Tom Collins is the classic gin-based sour. It follows the traditional formula of 2oz base spirit, 3/4oz sour and 3/4oz sweet, topped off with a bit of club soda for some fizz. The best thing about a Tom Collins is that it’s not only tasty and refreshing in its own right, but one might consider it the blank canvas of cocktails – it’s very easy to create variations to suit your tastes and impress your guests.

To make the basic Tom Collins, here’s what you’re going to need:

2oz gin (I like to use a particularly high quality gin here, like Plymouth, since it’s the main flavor)
3/4oz fresh lemon juice
3/4oz simple syrup
Club soda
A cherry and lemon or orange slice to garnish

Tom CollinsCombine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in your shaker, and add ice. Shake well, and strain into a Collins glass (of course). Top with club soda, and add your cherry and citrus for garnish.

At this point, you could easily be done. With absolutely no modification, this is one of my favorite cocktails (as long as quality gin is used). But there’s so much more you could do.


Blackberry Tom Collins

  • In place of gin, you could use bourbon, in which case this would be a John Collins.
  • If you were to serve this in a highball glass with no garnish, it would be a Fizz.
  • You can easily add any fruit of your choice. Berries (blackberries, raspberries, etc.) tend to work best. For example, to make a Blackberry Tom Collins, combine 2-3 blackberries with my simple syrup, and muddle them well. Then just add the lemon juice, gin and ice, and continue per the method above. As an added touch, consider using your fruit of choice as your garnish.

So much better than the over-consumed gin & tonic, the Tom Collins is the perfect primer for the new gin drinker. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!


Tags: berries, club soda, gin, lemon, simple syrup, sour

One Response to “Tom Collins”

  1. Beefeater Says:

    Tom Collins is a really great refreshing cocktail. One of my personal favourites. My recipe of choice looks something like this.

    2 PARTS Beefeater London Dry Gin

    1 PART Fresh lemon juice

    3 BARSPOONS Castor sugar

    BUILD Ingredients into a Catalina glass over crushed ice and churn

    TOP UP Soda water

    FINISH With another topping of crushed ice

    GARNISH With 2 lemon slices and serve with 2 straws

    Awesome Video Tutorial on the cocktail:

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