John Collins

John Collins

Quick Facts

Cocktail History

A John Collins is a cocktail believed to have originated with a head-waiter of that very name who worked at Limmer’s Old House in Conduit Street in Mayfair, a famous London hotel and coffee house 1790–1817. The drink is classified as a Collins cocktail because it is a drink topped off with club soda and, for all you NightCappers out there who know, is closely related to the Tom Collins drink that is made with gin instead of whiskey. Pour yourself a John Collins and enjoy!


  • 1-2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ oz Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz Club Soda
  • Garnish: Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry (optional)

Cocktail Preparation

Fill a Collins glass or highball glass with ice and then add the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir all the ingredients together and then top off with club soda. Garnish using a orange slice and, optionally, a maraschino cherry.

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