Tom Collins


1 1/2 oz.


3/4 oz.

lemon juice

3/4 oz.

simple syrup

top with

club soda


lemon wheel & cherry

Glassware & Tools:

  • Collins Glass

  • Boston Shaker

  • Jiggers

  • Hawthorne Strainer

As reported in the Gettysburg Compiler (1874), “Tom Collins” was a practical joke was so widespread that it became known as The Great Tom Collins hoax of 1874. This legendary joke inspired the creation of the light and refreshing gin cocktail we all know and love.

The joke went like this:

“Have you seen Tom Collins?” … “If you haven’t, perhaps you had better do so, and as quick as you can, for he is talking about you in a very rough manner–calling you hard names, and altogether saying things about you that are rather calculated to induce people to believe there is nothing you wouldn’t steal short of a red-hot stove.”

Following this, the disgruntled individual being pranked would go searching for the alleged Tom Collins in a frenzy. Two years later, Jerry Thomas, the father of American mixology, wrote about the infamous cocktail recipe made with gin, lemon juice, sugar and soda, named after the hoax.

How to Make:

  1. Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into the base of your Boston shaker filled with ice
  2. Seal and shake until well chilled
  3. Strain into a collins glass full of ice
  4. Top with club soda
  5. Garnish with a cherry and a lemon wheel


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