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Tom Collins

Drink / Cocktail
Classic Cocktails

Gin is mixed with citrus and sugar, then topped with soda water in this all-time classic.


This classic cocktail originally hails from London. A refreshing libation made with gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and soda water and served in a Collins glass over ice. A slice of lemon or maraschino cherry can be added to garnish the serve. The recipe was first recorded by Jerry Thomas in his famous book ‘The Bartender’s Guide’ in 1876 and is often credited to bartender Jack Collins of the Limmer Hotel in London. The cocktail likely evolved from the hugely popular Collins’ gin punch, and there are claims the name came from the inclusion of ‘Old Tom’ gin as the core spirit.


  • 50ml gin
  • 15ml Simple syrup
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • Soda
  • Lemon slice


  • Into a highball glass, add the lemon juice, syrup and gin.
  • Fill it three-quarters with ice.
  • Top up with soda.
  • Churn well.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice.

Alcohol content: 17g per serve


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