In classic American tradition, create this sparkling hard lemonade by following a simple Tom Collins recipe. This dazzling cocktail dates back 1876 when the famous American bartender and father of mixology, Jerry Thomas published the recipe in a Bartender’s Guide. A perfect blend of lemon juice, sugar, club soda and gin creates a traditional effervescent lemony cocktail that even has its own glass that is narrow, tall, and known as a Tom Collins glass.
To make a Tom Collins, you will need:
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons fine sugar
- 3 ounces club soda, chilled
- 1 Maraschino cherry
- 1 slice orange
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
- Add the gin, lemon juice, and sugar to the cocktail shaker. Shake until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Shake well and strain into a chilled Tom Collins glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top the Tom Collins cocktail with the club soda and stir gently.
- Garnish a Tom Collins with an orange slice and Maraschino cherry.
- Most cocktails are better when served in a chilled glass. Rinse a Tom Collins glass in clear water and place in the freezer, while still wet, for at least 30 minutes.
- Using poor quality gin makes a poor quality Tom Collins. Always use top quality liquor when making any mixed drinks.
- Do not add the club soda to the cocktail shaker with the other ingredients.