Tom Collins

by XuCharles on Apr 11, 2023

Tom Collins


What’s not to love about a simple, classic cocktail like the Tom Collins? It’s basically a spiked and sparkling lemonade, served in a Collins glass, obviously, which immediately inducts it into the summer cocktail hall of fame.



2 oz. London Dry gin

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup  

3 oz. plain or lemon seltzer water

2 cocktail cherries

Sliced lemon, for serving



  1. Step 1Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup and vigorously shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 20 seconds.
  2. Step 2Pour into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top off with seltzer water. Garnish with cherries and a lemon slice.


It’s a simple, refreshing, citrusy cocktail. A double that doesn’t taste like a double. A “be careful or you won’t be able to stand up” type of drink. Practically chuggable with the way that lemon masks the intensity of the gin. If I can offer any sound advice: less ice, more soda. Stretch it out!

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