One the best and classic summer cocktails is the Tom Collins. Originally conceived in the late 1870's by the famous bartender
. Mr. Thomas's
is fun to read.
Jerry Thomas' Tom Collins Gin (1876)
(Use large bar-glass.)
Take 5 or 6 dashes of
Juice of a small
1 large wine-glass of
2 or 3 lumps of
Shake up well and strain into a large bar-glass. Fill up the glass with plain
and drink while it is
Our modern recipe is much easier to follow though.
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
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.