John Collins

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 minutes


  • Collins glass


  • 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


  • 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.


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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.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.