Tom Collins Recipe

The Cocktail Society's Tom Collins recipe. Learn how to make a Tom Collins with our expert mixologists.
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Method

Build

Glass

Collins

Category

Gin

 TOM COLLINS RECIPE INGREDIENTS

50ml Chase GB Gin
15ml Simple Syrup
25ml Lemon Juice
100ml Soda Water

HOW TO MAKE A TOM COLLINS COCKTAIL

Build all ingredients in a Collins glass over cubed ice and garnish. Another method involves building the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup first before topping with soda water (using less than the 100ml recommendation). The method you choose will depend on individual taste.

GARNISH

Lemon Wheel

TELL US ABOUT THE TOM COLLINS COCKTAIL

Tom Collins cocktail is a true classic. It’s been around for just under 150 years, has rarely lost popularity since its inception (it’s a staple drink that you’d expect to see on most cocktail menus in an established bar), and has since spawned hundreds of variations.

There are two competing theories around the inception of the Tom Collins cocktail.

The first, and most accepted theory, is that the drink was a variation of the John Collins. John Collins was the head waiter at Limmer’s Hotel, London and created a gin adaptation from a gin punch (the John Collins). Once Old Tom gin was used as the base spirit, John Collins then became known as a Tom Collins.

The second competing theory is that Tom Collins was created after the great Tom Collins hoax in 1874. The story goes that a friend would be told that “Tom Collins” had insulted them and could be found at the local bar. Upon entering the bar and asking the barman for Tom Collins, he was then presented with the sour gin drink instead.

There is no confirmation on either origin story, though it’s likely that the Tom Collins was a variation on gin punch using Genever, then Old Tom gin and now London Dry gin as we know it today.

EXPERT TIP

To experience a classic Tom Collins cocktail, we recommend using an Old Tom gin as the base spirit. Old Tom gin was the original spirit used rather than a London Dry gin and is less juniper-heavy providing a lighter and maltier drink.

When using an Old Tom gin, reduce the amount of simple syrup to 10ml, lemon juice to 20ml and increase the soda to 125ml. This will reduce the overall sweetness of the drink which an Old Tom gin will then accommodate for.

DID YOU KNOW

Neither Collins drink was first made with a London Dry gin which is most commonly used today.

While Tom Collins and John Collins are often considered to be the same drink, there is one very subtle difference between the two. A Tom Collins used Old Tom gin whereas a John Collins originally used a Hollands gin, otherwise known as Genever.

Therefore, If you want to sample the truly original Collins drink, opt for a Genever gin.

If you like the Tom Collins try the Apple & Elderflower Collins

 

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