Tom Collins

Tom Collins cocktail
The Tom Collins cocktail belongs to the "Collins" group of cocktails which includes the John Collins and Vodka Collins. A Tom Collins is made with; gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup which is topped up with soda water. The result is quite fizzy and refreshing with subtle herbal flavours imparted from the gin.
The Tom Collins was created in the late 1800s and first appeared in writing in 1876 in The Bartenders' Guide written by Jerry Thomas.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Collins glass


  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • soda water (to top)

to garnish

  • lemon slice
  • maraschino cherry


  • Pour in the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well until chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda water.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.


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.

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