The Tom Collins is a classic gin cocktail that has been around for over a century. It’s simple to make, refreshing, and perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. And here is our quick guide on how to make one cool Tom Collins:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- Club soda
- Ice cubes
- Orange slice and cherry for garnish (optional)
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake well for about 10 seconds.
- Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice.
- Top up the glass with club soda and stir gently.
- Garnish with an orange slice and cherry, if desired.
When making a Tom Collins, it’s important to use high-quality gin and fresh lemon juice. The gin should be clean and crisp, without any overpowering botanicals. The lemon juice should be freshly squeezed, as it provides a bright and tangy flavor that balances the sweetness of the simple syrup.
Simple syrup is easily made by dissolving sugar in an equal amount of hot water, and then letting it to cool. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to a month.
When it comes to garnishing a Tom Collins, an orange slice and cherry are traditional, but feel free to get creative with the stuff. A sprig of mint or a dash of bitters can add an extra dimension of flavor and certainly adds a touch for the visuals as well.
Enjoy your Tom Collins over ice and savor the combination of the gin’s juniper flavor, the tart lemon juice, and the sweetness of the simple syrup. The addition of club soda makes this cocktail light and refreshing, making it the perfect choice for sipping on a warm day.
So to sum this up, the Tom Collins is a timeless classic that is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Everybody loves this drink and any decent bar should be able to serve it. Whether you’re a seasoned bartender or just looking for a simple cocktail to impress (or susprise) your guests, the Tom Collins is a recipe that you should have in your repertoire.