John Collins

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John Collins cocktail
A John Collins is a popular cocktail made with bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, simple sugar and soda water.
John Collins is a "Collins" group cocktail along with the Tom Collins and Vodka Collins, all of which are all made from a spirit, lemon juice, sugar (sugar syrup) and soda water.
John Collins is a popular mix in clubs: lemon juice hides the taste of cheap alcohol, while the carbon dioxide of soda accelerates the absorption of alcohol.
John Collins is classified as a long drink, as due to a large amount of ice in the glass the volume of John Collins is usually at least 300 ml. As a result, the alcohol percentage for a John Collins cocktail is about 8%.
Total Time: 5 mins

Equipment

  • Collins glass

Ingredients 

  • 2 shots Bourbon whiskey
  • 1 shot lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • ½ shot simple syrup
  • soda water (to top)

to garnish

  • 1 lemon slice or orange slice
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Instructions 

  • Fill the glass with some ice cubes.
  • Pour the bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir all the ingredients together.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
  • Garnish the drink with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.

FAQ

What vodka cocktails are best?

If you like a vodka drink like the John Collins, we also have a roundup of our top ten cocktails with vodka, its not official, but we think you’ll find these cocktails are all worth trying.

What is the difference between a Tom Collins and a John Collins?

A Tom Collins uses gin, whereas the John Collins cocktail uses bourbon whiskey.

John Collins cocktail was invented by a waiter in one of the London's restaurants called Limmer's. Originally the drink had a juniper spirit as a base which was replaced by gin in 1850.
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