A Tom Collins is a slightly sweet, tart and fizzy cocktail that pairs perfectly with warm weather. Invented in 1876 by “the father of mixology”, Jerry Thomas, this cocktail first appeared in his well know book titled “Bar-Tenders Guide“, alternately titled “How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion.” This was the first drink book ever published in the United States. Post publication, the beloved Tom Collins rose in popularity. The original recipe by Jerry Thomas can be found here.
As with a number of cocktails, preparing a Tom Collins with good, fresh fruit can make the drink. Meyer lemons are incredible. A citrus fruit native to China, is a cross between a lemon and a Mandarin orange. Considered moderately sweet, they are known more for a tang that will make your mouth pucker. Adding Meyer lemon juice to a classic Tom Collins recipe keeps the drink light and refreshing but makes it a bit less sweet and a bit more interesting. This is an absolute must try for summer!
Meyer Lemon Tom Collins
- For the Simple Syrup:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cup water
- For the Tom Collins:
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- 2 1/2 ounces gin (or vodka, for a Vodka Collins)
- 12 ounces club soda
- Meyer lemon slice, for garnish
- Thyme sprig, for garnish
- Step 1 For the simple syrup: Place the sugar and water in a small sauté pan and bring to a boil on a low flame. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Step 2 For the Tom Collins: Fill a tall highball glass halfway with ice.
- Step 3 Using a shaker, add about one cup of ice, simple syrup, lemon juice and gin (or vodka). Tighten the lid of the shaker and mix vigorously for about 30 seconds, until frothy.
- Step 4 Pour the Collins mixture into the prepared glass and add the club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and thyme sprig.