Tom Collins Recipe

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Tom Collins

  • Author: Andrew Radford
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x


Ah, the Tom Collins, a timeless gin cocktail epitomising the classic American bar scene of the 1920s.

This Tom Collins recipe combines gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water, offering a perfect balance of sweet and sour with a fizzy finish.

Served in a long glass with a lemon slice and a Maraschino cherry for garnish, the Tom Collins is not just a cocktail but a piece of cocktail history.


  • 2 oz of 60 ml London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz or 30 ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz or 15 ml Simple syrup
  • Soda water
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slice and Maraschino cherry (for garnish)


  1. Prep: Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Mix: Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass.
  3. Pour: Top with soda water & stir.
  4. Garnish: Add a lemon slice or cherry.


The Tom Collins cocktail is often associated with a historical prank from the 1870s known as “The Great Tom Collins Hoax,” where people would be told to seek out a nonexistent man named Tom Collins.

This led to widespread curiosity and amusement, cementing the cocktail’s name in popular culture and ensuring its legacy as a staple of the cocktail world.

  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: Cocktail


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 195
  • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g

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