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John Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

The John Tom Collins is still a Collins cocktail a long drink stirred with ice and topped with soda using London dry gin believed to have originated mid-19th century with a headwaiter of that name who worked at Limmer's Old House in central London.

John Tom Collins


  • 2 oz Old Tom Gin or London Dry gin

  • 1 oz lemon juice, freshly squeezed

  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

  • 3 oz Club soda

  • lemon or orange wheel or maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Combine the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a Collins glass.

  • Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir. Garnish with a lemon or orange wheel or maraschino cherry.

  • Serve.


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