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Tom Collins Cocktail


The Tom Collins cocktail is a drink made with gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, and soda water.

The Tom Collins Cocktail Story


We don't know the origin of the Tom Collins, but most believe that the drink was created in the middle 19th century. It is impossible to definitively answer the question of how the drink was created.

This led to controversy between the United States and Britain, with each side claiming the drink with equal conviction. The mystery of the drink's origin has not been resolved definitively. However, there is a humorous argument that remains.

HL Mencken, a 1920s writer, stated that the cocktail was American because English people don't have an imagination when naming things. For example, if the recipe contains whiskey and soda, they will call it a whiskey - and soda. Therefore, a cocktail named "Tom Collins" would not have been given by an Englishman.

Originated From A Joke?

Some sources claim that the Tom Collins cocktail was born from a joke told in New York in 1874. One group of friends started telling others in bars that Tom Collins was walking around New York City telling lies about them. Many began to move from one bar to the next in search of the slanderer. Although the joke was known before, it took on new dimensions this year. Bartenders were inspired by the story to create a cocktail called The Tom Collins for those who came to the bar asking for the mysterious figure.

Tom Collins

The Cocktail With An Unknown Origin.


5 from 4 votes
Course: Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine: American, United Kingdom
Prep Time: 1 minute
Mix Time: 1 minute
Servings: 1 Serving(s)


  • 60 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 30 ml Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water


  • Take a highball glass.
  • Add ice.
  • Add gin, sugar syrup, and lemon juice.
  • Top it off with soda water.
  • Serve.

Video Instructions

Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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