The Tom Collins is a Collins cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. First memorialized in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, “the father of American mixology.” In August 1891, British physician Sir Morell Mackenzie wrote an article in the influential 19th-century magazine Fortnightly Review claiming that England was the originating country for the Tom Collins cocktail and a person named John Collins was its creator. The debate on the creator will continue to live on forever, but so will the classic cocktail, so there’s one win in the books.
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 oz Soda Water
- 3/4 oz Simple Sugar
- Garnish: Lemon Wedge (maraschino cherry is optional).
Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup into a Collins glass. Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (optional)