LC Tom Collins Note
We just realized “Tom Collins”—as in the cocktail—is an entry in Merriam-Webster. Love that.
- Quick Glance
- 5 M
- 5 M
- Serves 1
Dump the sugar and lemon juice in a Collins glass or other tall, narrow glass. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then add the gin, several ice cubes, and soda water and mix gently to combine.
Submerge the lemon zest in the glass so it spirals around the ice cubes. We think you know what to do from here…
Recipe Testers' Reviews
I found this Tom Collins recipe to be quite good. My only previous experiences with Tom Collins came from those bottled mixes back in my younger years. Those memories are mostly a blur, and although I found the flavor of this to be reminiscent, I'm sure that the flavor and quality is much better. The flavor comes across as slightly lemony and slightly tart and definitely refreshing. I used Bombay Sapphire for the gin, and for the first time I made my own soda water using the CO2 cartridges I've had on my shelf for years now. That was fun. The pressure point for this recipe is to avoid getting lemon juice in your eye while you're squeezing the lemon.
In my household, cocktail hour is the time of day to fill each other in on our day or maybe take a little quiet time to read or anything relaxing to sort of wind down from the busy day. Gin is one of our favorite liquors for its floral taste and classic nature. A dry martini is one of our favorites, but occasionally we're in the mood for something a bit sweeter, like a gin and tonic. I was excited to try a Tom Collins--this is one of those classic cocktails that you've heard of but were never quite certain what it was all about. It's simple in its ingredients, but to me that's the mark of a great drink. We just picked Meyer lemons from our tree outside, and the mixture of floral gin, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar is a delight. Refreshing and very tasty. The soda water gives it just the subtle bubbliness that this drink craves. I have to say, a Tom Collins will now be in my regular rotation of cocktail hour delights.