The king of cooling drinks, my official sipper of the summer for any time of the day!

This drink is so refreshing and so easy to sip that I think anyone who likes to drink is able to make one with confidence. The only way you can miss it is if you’ve run out of ice…

Yes, yes, you can skimp and pour gin into a glass and top it off with Sprite. But, trust me, the drink is much more delicious made with fresh, real juice.

The roots

You would think this cocktail would be named after a person. Well, sort of. According to popular accounts, it started in the summer of 1874 in New York City as a lame prank.

Here’s how it went: A friend would run into you on the street and, with great concern, ask you if you knew a guy called Tom Collins because he was at a bar down the street saying hateful hurtful things about you. You would race to that bar to ask the bartender, who would be in on the joke, where you would be told that Tom Collins had just left for a bar several blocks away. When you got there, Collins would already have decamped for another joint across town. And so you would chase all over the city.

The hoax spread across the country, and eventually a clever bartender caught on and named a drink “Tom Collins” so that if anyone came rushing into his bar seeking revenge and asking for Tom Collins, they would unknowingly have ordered a tall gin drink instead.

Because, let’s face it: How many times does someone have to barge into a bar demanding a Tom Collins before the bartender takes the opportunity to offer him a cocktail so-named?”

 The makin’s

1 1/2 parts dry gin
1 part lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
Club soda
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Lemon or orange slice for garnish
And don’t forget the famous Collins glass!

The drill

Pour the gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup in a Collins glass ¾ full of ice
Stir briefly
Top with Club soda
Garnish with the cherry and orange or lemon slice and serve with stirring rod


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