Tom Collins

The Tom Collins cocktail was originated in 1876, supposedly as a response to “The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874,” a popular (albeit silly) prank that would send people on a fruitless chase to find the nonexistent “Tom Collins” in order to stop him from slandering their name. A simple concoction made with gin, lemon juice and sugar, the drink was based on the John Collins (named after its creator), first served in London in 1869.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Yield: 1 serving

A simple, classic cocktail made with gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar.


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons superfine sugar (see tip)
  • Club soda
  • Lemon slices and wheel for garnish


  1. Stir the lemon juice and sugar together in a cocktail shaker until the sugar dissolves. Fill the shaker with ice, add the gin and shake. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with club soda, add lemon slices and garnish with a lemon wheel.


Superfine sugar (sometimes called caster or baking sugar) is granulated sugar that's been ground to a finer texture for easier mixing. If you can't find it, simply process 1 cup of regular granulated sugar in a food processor until the crystals are finely ground - 45 seconds to 1 minute should do it. Use what you need and store the rest in a tightly covered container.