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Tom Collins

A glass of Tom Collins with a lemon twist, an old photograph, and a Tom Collins pamphlet.
Erica Duecy

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
1 servings


  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or just blitz granulated sugar in a blender until finely ground but not powdery; omit if using Old Tom gin)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces London dry gin or Old Tom gin (such as Hayman’s)
  • 6 ounces soda water or more, as needed
  • 1 long strip lemon zest preferably organic


  • 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...