Tom Collins
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Tom Collins

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 3-4 oz. soda water

Glass: Collins glass
Build: In a shaker with ice, combine gin, lemon juice, and syrup; shake, strain, and serve on the rocks; top with soda water.
Garnish: Lemon wedge and maraschino cherry

The Twist: John Collins (The Varnish, Los Angeles)
The John Collins is just as much a classic as Tom – it's just as old (both are from the 19th century), according to a few cocktail references. But few people serve it, which is partially why Eric Alperin includes it at The Varnish, making his with genever, a malty predecessor to dry gin.