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It is impossible to love a Tom Collins. That's because it's everything you expect in a cocktail, all wrapped up in a beautiful package. First of all, it is completely refreshing. A good Tom Collins is made from scratch with gin, real lemons, and a splash of soda water.
Second, it goes down easily. (If you are not careful, it is too easy). This drink is not the type of cocktail that you drink over the course of a couple of hours, in front of a fireplace, while listening to classical music. No! This refreshing crunchy gin cocktail is bound to be celebrated, even if that celebration is finishing cutting the backyard. Perfect for parties, people, and dancing … maybe even New Year's Eve.
And finally, a Tom Collins is just beautiful. Ideally, it's served in a Collins glass, a tall, thin container to hold all of that ice. It's almost like a stemless champagne flute, and so festive.
Tom Collins is a person?
Yes and no. The world will never know how many real Tom Collins exist today because so many internet searches for Tom Collins' drink make it almost impossible to find out.
If Tom Collins really exists, well, it could be part of one of the greatest hoaxes in history, dating back to the 19th century. Keep reading!
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Tom Collins Cocktail Story:
Supposedly John Collins, a Londoner, was the inventor of the original gin-based cocktail around 1860. But a few years later, in New York, there was a popular gag that people would play with others in bars, involving a character from fiction called (you guessed it) Tom Collins.
To play, all you had to do was start a conversation with someone sitting at the bar next door. Once you found out his name, you would say something like, "Hey, I was at the street bar before this, and a man named Tom Collins was talking about you. What he said was not very good, in fact it was really bad! "
Once you have convinced this poor person that someone was trying to ruin his reputation, they would go out looking for this fictional Tom Collins. Hilarious, right? Of course, this happened over a hundred years before social media existed. But believe it or not, it was quite a fad in 1874.
To honor the deception, an American bartender, Jerry Thomas, changed the name from John Collins to Tom Collins in his drink recipe book. At the time, Old Tom Gin was the usual ingredient, making it even more appropriate.
Now you know!
Tom Collins Ingredients:
This is what is in a classic Tom Collins cocktail.
- Lemon juice. Freshly squeezed, please.
- Simple syrup. Learn how to make simple syrup or follow the simple instructions below.
- Ice. More than you think you need.
- Club soda. Just a dip.
- Lemon and maraschino cherry wheel. A classic Tom Collins garnish.
To make Tom Collins mix from scratch:
For parties, make a big pitcher of freshly squeezed lemons and simple syrup. Some people add some limes to lemons, but that is up to you.
You can mix this sour mix with the gin and top it off with sodas as you make the cocktails.
Tom Collins Glassware:
Traditionally, a Collins glass is a tall, thin, and straight 12-ounce glass. But when you are thirsty, you are thirsty!
How to make a Tom Collins cocktail:
You will never buy Tom Collins Mix again, it is basically acid yellow lemon-flavored sugar water once you make yours from scratch.
Incidentally, this recipe looks absolutely stunning with a pre-chilled glass. Just pour a glass of cold water and freeze it until ready to serve. Health!
- To make a cocktail, combine 2 ounces of gin with 3/4 ounces of lemon juice and 1/2 ounce of plain syrup in a shaker.
- Then fill the shaker with ice, close and shake vigorously.
- If you have pre-chilled some tall glasses, take one out of the refrigerator and fill it with fresh ice.
- Then strain the cocktail into the glass. Top with 2 ounces of soda and garnish with one lemon and one cherry, if available.
How to make simple syrup:
Simple syrup is just that: making and sweetening cold beverages perfectly.
- To make simple syrup, combine equal parts granulated sugar and water (i.e. 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water) in a small saucepan.
- Cook gently over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it cool completely.
- Use the syrup within a couple of days to store it in the refrigerator. The basic simple syrup lasts 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator.
Other Tom Collins spin-offs:
This classic cocktail is very famous; Because it is so simple, it is easy to analyze other cocktail recipes.
- Collins vodka. A cocktail made with vodka instead of gin.
- Gin tonic. Aka G&T, is gin-tonic water with a file, on ice. Just as refreshing, but a different animal and not considered a "sour".
- Tom Collins with Grenadine. Lately, some waiters sweeten the drink even more with some extra maraschino or grenadine cherry juice. You can float a little grenadine over the cocktail if you want your drink to be a little sweeter.
- Tom Collins with rum. It's a Collins rum! It can be made with lemon or lime juice, your choice.
- Gin Fizz vs Tom Collins. Both cocktails are made with similar ingredients, but a Gin Fizz is smaller, may not have ice, and depending on the recipe, it may be made with egg white for a velvety consistency.
- Tom Collins vs John Collins. Not to be confused, but it seems that the original name of Tom Collins has been chosen by Bourbon. That probably sounds a little better than "Bourbon Collins."
Type of American cuisine Cook time: 2 minutes Total time: 2 minutes Servings: 1 Calories: 158 kcal
- 2 ounces gin (1/4 cup)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon)
- 1/2 ounce of simple syrup (1 tablespoon, see notes)
- Ice as needed
- 2 ounces of soda (1/4 cup) or more if desired
- 1 lemon wheel to decorate, optional
- 1 maraschino cherry for garnish, optional
- Chill glassware if desired: cover the outside of a glass with water and freeze until serving time. Or, freeze dry glassware for 2-3 hours before serving.
- Combine gin, lemon juice, and plain syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill the stirrer with ice, cover and shake until the exterior of the stirrer is very cold, about 20 seconds.
- Fill the cold glass with ice, then strain the cocktail into a glass. Top with mineral water and garnish with a skewered lemon wheel and maraschino cherry, if desired.
How to make simple syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
Calories :: 158kcal