Tom Collins

Tom Collins is a refreshing classic cocktail which is perfect to enjoy on hot summer days or when you want a light and tasty drink. A favorite among many cocktail enthusiasts, known for its bubbly nature and citrus aromas.

Tom Collins consists of few but delicious ingredients. It is a combination of gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar syrup and sparkling water. These ingredients work together to create a harmonious balance between sweetness, acidity and refreshing bubbles.

Tom Collins recipe

Are you ready to immerse yourself in a world of refreshing flavors? The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail that delights your taste buds with a delicate balance between gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and sparkling mineral water. The perfect Tom Collins is not just a drink – it's an experience that lifts your spirits and adds an extra dimension to festive moments. So get out your cocktail tools, get ready to impress and create your own Tom Collins masterpiece. Be prepared to be greeted by a symphony of flavors that will take you to new heights. Now is the time to let your cocktail skills shine!


  • 4cl gin
  • 3cl freshly pressed lemonjuice
  • 2cl sugar syrup
  • 6cl sparkling water

Tom Collins step by step

Use freshly squeezed lemon juice
Tom Collins is known for its fresh and tart taste, so it is important to use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of ready-made. It gives the cocktail a lighter and more authentic taste.

Adjust the sweetness to your taste
The recipe for Tom Collins contains sugar syrup, but the sweetness can vary according to personal preference. Start with the indicated amount of sugar syrup and add more or less depending on how sweet or sour you want your cocktail.

Use a quality gin
Gin is the main ingredient in Tom Collins, so it's important to choose a good quality gin that suits your taste. Some prefer a drier gin, while others like a more spicy or floral gin. Choose a gin that suits your preferences and contributes to the overall flavor of the cocktail.

Remember plenty of ice cream
Tom Collins is best served in a tall glass filled with ice. The ice helps to cool and dilute the cocktail, creating a refreshing experience. Be sure to add plenty of ice to the glass before pouring the cocktail.

Garnish with a slice of lemon
A traditional Tom Collins is often served with a slice of lemon as a garnish. It not only adds a visual element, but also gives an extra citrus scent to the cocktail. Cut a thin slice of lemon and place it on the edge of the glass or floating in the cocktail.


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The 3 best variants / twist on Tom Collins

  1. Raspberry Collins: This variation adds fresh raspberries to the Tom Collins. Raspberries are muddled or blended together with lemon juice and sugar before being combined with gin and soda. The result is a fruity and refreshing twist on the classic cocktail.
  2. Elderflower Collins: This variation includes elderflower liqueur that adds a floral and sweet flavor to the cocktail. In addition to the usual ingredients in Tom Collins, a dash of elderflower liqueur is added to create a more delicate and aromatic experience.
  3. Cucumber Collins: This variation adds slices of cucumber to the cocktail to give it a fresh and light taste. The cucumber is mashed or blended with lemon juice and sugar, and then combined with gin and sparkling water. The result is a refreshing and aromatic drink.
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