If the thought of pleasantly tart, not-too-sweet, fizzy hard lemonade appeals to you, then the Tom Collins is right up your alley. The cocktail dates back to at least 1876, when a recipe for the cooling tipple first appeared in Jerry Thomas's The Bartenders Guide. Bonus feature: it's way better than the bottled malted beverage stuff you drank when you were too young to care.
Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe
Yield: 1 cocktail
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- Club soda
- Lemon slice (for garnish)
- Maraschino Cherry (for garnish)
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker frosts. Strain into a Collins or highball glass filled with ice. Top with club soda to taste. Garnish with a lemon slice and cocktail sherry.
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