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Tom Collins

Tom Collins Cocktail

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How to make a Tom Collins

The Tom Collins uses an Old Tom Gin which is slightly sweeter than a London Dry Gin. Some people prefer to shake a Tom Collins (without the soda/seltzer) to combine the ingredients before topping with soda and straining over fresh ice.
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  • 60 mL Old Tom Gin such as Haymans (2 oz)
  • 22.5 mL Lemon Juice ¾ oz
  • 15 mL Sugar Syrup 1:1 (½ oz)
  • Soda


  • Pour all ingredients into a high ball glass filled with ice
  • Stir briefly to mix ingredients
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and maraschino cherry


The IBA (International Bartender Association) calls for a dash of bitters but I have always made my collins without.
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