The simplicity of the Tom Collins is likely why it’s stood the test of time. People have literally been making (and drinking) it since the 1880’s. It’s still hugely popular – and that’s because it’s delicious. Made with only gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and soda, think of this drink like a sparkling lemonade but with the welcome addition of gin. Sounds like we could have a couple of these, you? The best part is that it’s likely to be in your bar or kitchen right now, so you can.
Also, can I tell you that I ate five Maraschino cherries while shooting this drink? That’s what happens when you put them in a bowl like that. They’re so nostalgic for me because Alyssa and my grandmother used to always have them in her fridge (either for baking or for cocktails – or probably a mix of both) and I always used to sneak them out of the jar when she wasn’t looking because our mom never had them in the house, and they’re so delicious.
- 1 1/2 oz of gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 3 oz club soda (or to fill)
- Lemon slices or wheels (for garnish)
- Maraschino cherry (optional, also for garnish)
Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a Collins glass (usually a couple of ounces larger than a highball glass due to the additional height)
Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir to combine.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (optional, but encouraged!).