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How to Make a Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

The Tom Collins is a tried and true classic cocktail. The cocktail dates back to the early 1800’s and is an absolutely magnificent drink. The cocktail is nice because it is simple, featuring only three ingredients that combine to form its beautiful taste. Give the recipe a try today.

Here’s What You’re Going To Need

You’re going to need some equipment for this Tom Collins recipe:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Collins Glass
tom collins cocktail sitting on a wood table garnished with a cherry and lemon wheel with a sliced lemon beside it a-swell as a knife
Classic Tom Collins Cocktail

You’re going to need some ingredients for this recipe:

  • Gin
  • Club Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ice
  • Simple Syrup
  • 1 slice of lemon
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Tom Collins Drink Recipe

Tom Collins Cocktail

An amazingly simple classic cocktail!
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keyword: tom collins
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 206kcal
Cost: 3


  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Collins Glass


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple syrup
  • 2 oz Soda water


  • 1 slice Lemon wheel
  • 1 Maraschino Cherry


  • Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well
    bartender mixing a cocktail using a shaker over top of a prep table
  • Strain into Collins glass over fresh ice
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry and serve.



Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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History Of The Tom Collins Cocktail

There is much speculation about where, how and who created the Tom Collins Cocktail. In and around 1860, a gin-based drink called the john collins was created, it was believed to be created by an english bartender and restaurant owner John Collins. The Name was then later changed in a recipe book for bartenders more than 16 years later. The very first official Tom Collins cocktail recipe was published in the 1876 book The Bartenders’ Guide by Jerry Thomas, AKA the father of American mixology. Cheers.

classic tom collins cocktail in a collins glass sitting on a peice of wood with dark black background

Recipe Notes & F.A.Q’s

Note: If you prefer your drink to be less diluted from the ice:

The Tom Collins cocktail can be easily built within the glass on top of ice then stirred to mix the drink, this gives the drink more of a true flavour but does not let the drink get as cold.

Where can I get maraschino cherries?

They can be found in most grocery stores in the baking isle, if not you can purchase them here.

My drink is too strong for my liking

A full 2oz. of Gin can be a lot for some, we recommend adding 1 or 1.5oz of gin and adding more club soda if you find the recipe too strong.

Recipe Size Conversion

Do you want to make this cocktail for a party or event? We have you covered. This calculator will tell you how many millilitres you need for every ingredient. All you need to do is type the number of drinks that you would like to make in total.

Some Other Ways This Drink Is Made

Some key differences include: Just toping the drink with soda water, it is garnished with a lemon peel instead of a lemon wheel, and with a luxardo cherry instead of a regular old maraschino cherry.

This Tom Collins cocktail has an elderflower twist. It uses elderflower liqueur to give it a nice spring time flavour, give it a try.

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