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Treat Tuesday: Tom Collins

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One the best and classic summer cocktails is the Tom Collins. Originally conceived in the late 1870's by the famous bartender

Jerry Thomas

. Mr. Thomas's 

original

recipe

 is fun to read.

Jerry Thomas' Tom Collins Gin (1876)

(Use large bar-glass.)

Take 5 or 6 dashes of 

gum syrup.

Juice of a small 

lemon

.

1 large wine-glass of 

gin

.

2 or 3 lumps of 

ice

;

Shake up well and strain into a large bar-glass. Fill up the glass with plain 

soda water

 and drink while it is 

lively

.

Our modern recipe is much easier to follow though.

Tom Collins

3 parts Gin

2 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 part simple syrup

4 parts tonic water

1 marachino cherry

1 slice lemon (we ran out so we just used an orange, it was still tasty!)

Mix gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice over a few ice cubes in shaker, pour into

collins glass

.

Top off with tonic water and garnish with cherry and lemon.

This recipe is always more delicious if you drink it outside, at least to me.

Enjoy Everyone! 

♥ Paige

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