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Tom Collins

The Tom Collins cocktail is a refreshing and classic libation that traces its roots back to the 19th century. Originating in the United States, its exact origins are debated, but it gained widespread popularity during the gin craze of the late 1800s. Named after the fictitious character "Tom Collins" in a popular prank of the time, this cocktail is characterized by its bright citrus flavors and effervescence.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin

  • 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lemon juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • Soda water

  • Ice cubes

  • Collins glass

  • Mixing spoon

  • Jigger

  • Lemon slice and cherry for garnish (optional)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes.

  2. In a shaker, combine 60 ml (2 oz) of gin, 30 ml (1 oz) of fresh lemon juice, and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup.

  3. Shake the mixture well to chill the ingredients.

  4. Strain the mixture into the prepared Collins glass over the ice.

  5. Top off with soda water and stir gently to combine.

  6. Optionally, garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.

Flavor Profile:

The Tom Collins cocktail is characterized by its bright and citrusy flavor profile, with the juniper notes of gin complemented by the tartness of fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of simple syrup. It's a light and refreshing drink that's perfect for any occasion.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Gin: Selecting the right gin is crucial for a delicious Tom Collins. Opt for a quality gin with balanced botanical flavors that complement the citrus and sweetness of the cocktail.

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Using freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for achieving the bright, zesty flavor of a classic Tom Collins. Avoid bottled lemon juice, as it lacks the freshness and vibrancy of freshly squeezed juice.

  • Simple Syrup Ratio: Adjusting the sweetness of the Tom Collins is a matter of personal preference. Experiment with the ratio of simple syrup to find the perfect balance of sweet and tart for your taste. I prefer my Tom Collins on the slightly sweeter side, so I often add a touch more simple syrup to my cocktail. However, be careful not to over-sweeten, as it can overpower the citrus flavors.

  • Soda Water Quality: The quality of soda water can affect the overall taste and effervescence of the Tom Collins. Use fresh, high-quality soda water for the best results.

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