Tom Collins Recipe
Tom Collins
Chef's Note

The Tom Collins has an interesting history: the cocktail wasn't invented by Tom, but rather by Vincent Collins who, in 1850 at the age of 23, was working in New York City's garment district and augmenting his pay by working each evening in The Whitehouse, a tavern in the same street. His friends wanted something less harsh than Detroit whiskey and asked him to create a tasty cooling drink during a particularly hot summer. And so the Tom Collins was invented: "Collins" after its creator, and "Tom" for "Old Tom," a mild gin that was the base of the cocktail.

For 1 cocktail

- 1/2 tsp. sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 measure of gin
- club soda
  1. In a tumbler or highball glass filled with ice, pour the first three ingredients.
  2. Add the soda and stir.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry.
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