Tom Collins

Friday, August 11, 2023

My cocktail of choice this summer? A classic Tom Collins. I've written it off in years past, but boozy sparkling lemonade has been hitting the spot at the end of these too-hot days.

Tom Collins

2 oz gin
1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup
soda water

Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10–15 seconds, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with soda water.

While the "Tom" in Tom Collins refers to Old Tom gin, you can use whatever brand and style you like in this libation. I've been loving Percy's New England Dry Gin (named for our pup), but then I'm a bit biased! You can also make this cocktail even simpler by picking up a canned sparkling lemonade (I like San Pellegrino and Fever Tree) and simply adding your gin of choice. Cheers!

Image by Mark Weinberger.


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