If you’re a fan of gin and tonics, but want to switch things up, try a traditional Tom Collins. This cocktail got its name due to the glass it’s served in (a Collins glass) and the type of spirit that was typically used to make it: Old Tom Gin. It’s another one of those drinks that used to be very popular, but has since faded out of fashion, probably due to the super sweet, non-traditional mixes that are sold nowadays. However, when made well, it’s cool and refreshing (especially during summer months) and should be given another shot!
- 2 oz. London dry gin
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (OR 1 oz. simple syrup: boiled, equal parts sugar/water mixture)
- club soda
- In a glass 3/4 filled with ice, combine your gin and lemon juice.
- Add sugar or simple syrup and mix well.
- Pour in club soda. (As much or as little as your prefer.)
- Stir well and garnish with lemon slice (and cherry).
To make it a Gin Fizz: Shake gin, lemon juice, sugar and ice for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Collins glass.
Recipe adapted from Esquire