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The Best Tom Collins Recipe

Staff Writer

In honor of Buddy Glass, our Tom Collins is a bit out of the ordinary: the classic Collins is made with lemons alone, but ours combines the flavor with limes for a one-two citrus punch. Of course, if you’re out of either, the drink will be delicious regardless. Collinses are a notoriously easygoing bunch: the drink Tom Collins has been made with seltzer or mineral water, lemons or limes, gin or vodka or whiskey (gin is the default; you’d call these variations a “vodka Tom Collins” and a “John Collins” respectively), and once, memorably — in the trenches during World War I — with Aqua Velva, the famous aftershave. War really is hell, but any Collins in a storm, we suppose.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 2 Ounces dry gin
  • ½ Ounce lemon juice
  • ½ Ounce lime juice
  • 1 Teaspoon superfine sugar
  • Seltzer
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 orange round


In a Collins glass (yes, this cocktail gets its own super tall, super slender glass) filled partway with ice, combine all the ingredients except the seltzer, cherry, and orange round. Stir briefly, then top with seltzer, plop a maraschino cherry on top, and garnish with orange round.

Tom Collins Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Tom Collins Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.