Tom Collins (traditional)

Originally attributed to John Collins, a headwaiter at Limmer’s, a hotel and coffee house on Conduit Street, London (1790-1817). The name changed when a bartender used a sweeter London gin (Old Tom Gin) instead of the traditional Dutch-style gin (Genever). In America, the John Collins is made with bourbon or whiskey.


  • 1 ¾ oz gin
  • 1-2 dashes gomme syrup
  • club soda
  • cherry
  • orange slice


  • glass: highball
  • shaker


  1. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and syrup. Shake well.
  2. Strain into a collins glass ¾ filled with ice cubes.
  3. Add the Club Soda. Stir and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
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