Originally a hoax, The Tom Collins was mixed to conception in 1874 and still holds its iconic spot as one of the best gin cocktails around. Jerry Thomas, “the father of American mixology” stirred this legendary “gin and sparkling lemonade” adult beverage into our existence and now we can’t live without it.
Here’s how to make a Tom Collins from scratch.
- 2 ounces Old Tom or London Dry gin
- 1-ounce simple syrup
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- Soda water
- Lemon wedge, for garnish
- Fill a Collins glass with 1 1/2 cups of ice. Pour gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker. Add 1 cup of ice, cover, and shake until chilled. Strain into the chilled Collins glass.
- Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.