The Tom Collins is the father of a whole category of drinks. Dating way back to the 1790s in London, a coffee house waiter named John Collins would serve he never, a Dutch gin with the addition of lemon sugar and soda water.

In the 1880s, the drink made it’s way to America and was made using the sweeter Old Tom Gin, giving the drink it’s name. The John Collins was birthed around the same time when whiskey replaced the gin in the drink.


The Collins glass, named for this drink is a tall slim glass around 14oz in size to retain the fizz in the drink, though it is commonly made in the more common hiball glass. Garnished with a lemon wedge.


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See also:

John Collins (substitute Gin with Whisky)

Joan Collins (substitute Gin with Vodka)

Pierre Collins (substitute Gin with Cognac)

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