The first recording of a Tom Collins is in Harry Johnson’s 1882 book called New and Improved Bartender’s Manual or How to Mix Drink of the Present Style. It is the predecessor to the Cuba Libre, Mojito, and Dark ‘n’ Stormy. These are all served in a collins glass (also know as a highball), we consider that pretty influential.
Composed of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water it is essentially a tall version of a Gin Sour.
LEMON JUICE, Fresh is best
SODA WATER, To top
1. Add first 3 ingredients to cocktail shaker
2. Add ice and shake until chilled
3. Strain over ice into highball glass
4. Top with soda water and garnish with an orange slice
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