A classic Tom Collins Cocktail is an oldie but goodie! This refreshing gin drink with fresh lemon juice and seltzer makes me want to have happy hour every day!
What Is A Tom Collins?
A Tom Collins cocktail is a gin based drink that is served in a “collins” glass…typically what we call a highball. This drink recipe was created in England way back in the 1800’s by a man named Jim Collins. “Tom” reportedly came from a gin named “Old Tom Gin” which was used in this deliciously refreshing beverage.
Tom Collins Ingredients
The ingredients for this cocktail are very simple, but because they are so simple they do need to be the best quality!
- Gin: You can use any brand of gin that you like, a classic gin would be my go to for this drink recipe but if you like a more floral or fruity gin that would work well in this recipe, too.
- Fresh Lemon Juice: Please use fresh! It really makes such a difference in this Tom Collins drink because of the few ingredients that it has.
- Seltzer: Any type of plain, unflavored seltzer of club soda.
How To Make A Tom Collins
A Tom Collins cocktail is so simple to make, I really don’t know why we don’t have them all the time. Any time of the year, works for me too. Let’s not save these tasty beverages just for summer time!
Start by pouring gin into a highball (or collins glass) over ice. Like we mentioned before, gin can range a lot in flavor from a mild gin to a piney, fruity gin. Experiment with a few and see what you like best!
Now add that fresh lemon juice! You can squeeze it right into the glass if there aren’t any seeds and you have an idea on the measurements. It’s a little less than an ounce of lemon juice for this drink and we find that a half of a medium sized lemon works well.
Top off the cocktail with your seltzer or club soda of choice. There are tons of options here and one of the things we look for is the level of carbonation. Some seltzer will have a much higher carbonation than others, so it depends on what you like.
How To Serve A Tom Collins
To serve this cocktail, add a wedge of lemon and a cherry for garnish. I’ve seen A Tom Collins served with and without cherries, but always a lemon wedge. So that part is up to you, but I like the pop of color that a cherry adds to this drink when you serve it.
What could be easier than that? I love the fact that even as long as we’ve been making cocktails here on the site there’s always something new that goes on our happy hour list!
Appetizers To Serve With A Tom Collins
Oh man, we love coming up with appetizers for happy hour! Some of the best nights are when you have a few cocktails and some epic apps and call it a night. A few different tastes of everything and a Tom Collins (or two) and I’m good to go!
As far as what to serve with a Tom Collins cocktail, I think you can really go wither way here. Keep it light with a few low carb or simple appetizers or bring out the rich, cheesy sausage appetizers to cut through the fresh lemon juice and the strong gin flavor.
We’ll start with the “light” appetizers:
Getting into the “richer” flavored appetizers: (AKA, cheesy, buttery, beefy goodness)
- Garlic Butter Shrimp
- Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Fried Poutine Wontons
- Sloppy Joe Mini Mac Sliders
This refreshing gin cocktail only has a few ingredients and take just seconds to make! We love making this drink all year long because it’s simple and light and goes with just about anything!
- 2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Plain seltzer or club soda for topping
- Lemon wedges and cherries for garnish
- Add ice to a highball glass.
- Pour in the gin and lemon juice, then top with seltzer.
- Stir and garnish with a lemon wedge and a cherry (if desired)
- Category: Cocktails
- Method: Stir
- Cuisine: American
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