How to make the perfect Tom Collins

It's a classic cocktail created all the way back in the 1800's! Clair McLafferty shows us how to make the perfect Tom Collins!

The Tom Collins, a classic that never goes out of style

Tom Collins

It’s one of history’s most enduring cocktails. Rumor has it that the Tom Collins was created all the way back in the late 1800’s. A simple cocktail comprised of Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup and Soda Water, the Tom Collins has been a bar room staple since it’s creation. Historically made with Old Tom gin (which is sweeter than dry gin but the cocktail works well with both types), mixing up this classic high ball is certain to make you the life of the party.


  • 1½ – 2 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Lemon Juice
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Lemon to Garnish


  1. To get started add ¾ oz of Simple Syrup into your shaker. You can add up to a full ounce if you like your drinks a little sweeter.
  2. Next add ¾ oz of Lemon Juice into the shaker.
  3. Then add 1½ – 2 oz of Gin depending on how strong you’d like the cocktail.
  4. Next you’re going to add ice to both your glass and your shaker.
  5. Close the shaker tightly and shake vigorously. Shaking not only mixes the ingredients but it also adds bubbles to the cocktail and cools the mixture down so that it’s nice and cold when you pour it into your glass.
  6. Next up you want to slowly strain it into your glass.
  7. Then top off the drink with some plain soda water. If you’d like to class it up you can add some flavored sparkling water or seltzer.
  8. Garnish with a lemon and serve!

Impress your friends the next time you have a party by making this simple delicious drink!

For more cocktail recipes visit Clair McLafferty’s website!

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