2 oz gin
1 oz lemon juice
1 tsp superfine sugar
3 oz club soda
In a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake well. Strain into a collins (or highball) glass almost filled with ice cubes.
Add the club soda. Stir and garnish with a red cherry and an orange slice.
Tom Collins history
Some people say that the Tom Collins cocktail was named after "Old Tom" Gin which is a sweetened gin, and very hard to find today. But many older cocktail recipes include "Old Tom". One 1912 recipe book lists a Tom Collins also with Dry Gin and Whisky made the same way. It also has a recipe for one with Brandy in which calls for the addition of a dash or two of Maraschino.
There are also accounts that it was named after the creator of the drink. Families in England, Australia, and America have all laid claim, and maybe they actually all come from the same Collins family. Who knows?
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