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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!

Tom Collins

Serves 1


  • 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


  1. In a glass 3/4 filled with ice, combine your gin and lemon juice.
  2. Add sugar or simple syrup and mix well.
  3. Pour in club soda. (As much or as little as your prefer.)
  4. 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