A variant on the classic Tom Collins, the John Collins recipe is less acidic than the original. The story goes that the cocktail was named after the Great Tom Collins Hoax from 1874, a practical joke that took over New York at the time, which involved telling a friend that a man named Tom Collins had been insulting them at the nearest bar. Que that friend going in and asking for a Tom Collins.
The Tom Collins was originally made with Old Tom Gin and the John Collins was made with London Dry Gin. Nowadays however, the Tom Collins tends to be made with London Dry as well, so when you order a Tom Collins in a bar, you're probably drinking a John Collins. Phew.
- 60ml London Dry Gin
- 30ml Fresh lemon juice
- 15ml Sugar syrup
- Soda Water
- Lemon and cocktail cherry to garnish
Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with lemon wheel and a cocktail cherry.