Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe - Cocktails - Speaking Easy Podcast

Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, and Club Soda.


Another classic, the Tom Collins has some unresolved questions about its exact origins, but recipes for similar drinks were published as early as the 1850s. In 1869 a recipe for a John Collins cocktail was published in The Steward and Barkeepers Manual, which called specifically for Old Tom Gin, and the first mention published mention of the Tom Collins, by bartender Jerry Thomas in A Bar-tenders Guide, likely used a Hollands gin. Either way, it is likely that the drink first made its commercial appearance in an Irish pub in New York City where Irish ex-patriots were fond of the revolutionaries back home, including a man named Tom Collins who died in 1798 during the Irish Rebellion. Of course, there are other origin stories and nobody today can say with certainty which is closer to the truth. Regardless, it’s another simple, refreshing drink, and just in time for spring.


 (as published in Entertainment Weekly)

  • 2 oz. gin (London dry, or your favorite)
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Club soda
  • Garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of fresh rosemary


Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a highball or white wine glass filled with ice. Stir, then top with 3-5 ounces of club soda. Add lime wheel and a rosemary sprig.