A quick guide to making the classic Tom Collins cocktail
The Tom Collins belongs to the Collins family of cocktails. The Collins is a class of drinks usually consisting of liquor (usually gin), lemon, sugar and carbonated water. As indicated in the name, a Tom Collins would have bee made with old Tom gin, which is a style of gin that was sweetened and popular in 18th century England. The eagle eyed might notice that the Tom Collins has got the same ingredients as the Gin Fizz but the difference is that a Tom Collins is shaken and served WITH ice.
How to make the Tom Collins
60ml gin (we used Baker Williams Navy Strength gin)
30ml lemon juice
15ml simple syrup
Soda water to top up
Put gin, lemon juice and simply syrup in a cocktail shaker.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice
Shake for about 20-30 seconds
Fill a tall glass with ice
Strain the cocktail into the glass you’ve just filled with fresh ice
Top up with the soda water
Serve garnished with a lemon peel (or leave out the garnish if you prefer)