The latest historical findings of this classic cocktail have it invented in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, named after a hoax which circulated throughout New York City earlier in the decade. However, there is more evidence to suggest it was originally called the John Collins and changed when a bartender used Old Tom Gin. The John Collins has been around since at least the 1860’s, made by the head waiter at the Limmer’s Old House, Conduit Street, Mayfair, London. The Collins’, very much like the Martini has become a name for any cocktail or mixed drink, served in a Collins glass and is made with a variety of different spirits. Traditionally to be a true Collins, you must include Lemon, Sugar and Soda.
Check out ‘Mr. FDM’ – Gee David as he demonstrates the simplicity of the drink and gives a little history on the Old Tom. Cheers!
- Hayman's Old Tom Gin
- Lemon Juice
- Teaspoon sugar
- Fever-Tree Soda Water
- Step 1
Build all ingredients over ice in a Collins glass.
- Step 2
Stir well to combine the flavours and serve.