John Collins Drink Recipe


Today, I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite cocktail recipes: the John Collins. This classic drink is a close relative of the famous Tom Collins, but with a slight twist. It’s a refreshing and citrusy cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.

Let’s dive into the recipe and get ready to mix up some deliciousness!

The Ingredients:

To make a John Collins, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  1. 2 ounces of gin
  2. 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
  4. Club soda
  5. Lemon wedge, for garnish
  6. Ice cubes

The Process:

Now that we have all the ingredients ready, it’s time to mix up our John Collins:

  1. Fill a Collins glass (or any tall glass) with ice cubes. This will ensure your drink stays nice and cold throughout.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to the glass. Give it a gentle stir to combine all the flavors.
  3. Top it off with club soda, leaving some room at the top for garnish and fizz.
  4. Garnish your John Collins with a lemon wedge. Not only does it add a pop of color, but it also enhances the citrusy aroma.
  5. Give it a final stir to incorporate the garnish, and your John Collins is ready to be enjoyed!

Pro tip: If you prefer your drink a bit sweeter, you can always adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste. Feel free to experiment and find the perfect balance for your palate!

My Personal Touch:

As a fan of cocktails, I always love adding my personal touch to classic recipes like the John Collins. One variation I enjoy is using different types of gin to bring unique flavors to the drink. Whether it’s a floral gin or a spicier one, the choice of gin can elevate the overall taste of the cocktail.

Additionally, I like to muddle a few fresh herbs, such as mint or basil, in the glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. This adds a subtle herbaceous note that pairs beautifully with the citrusy flavors of the John Collins.


The John Collins is a cocktail that never fails to impress. With its refreshing taste and citrusy kick, it’s a perfect choice for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or simply want to unwind after a long day, this classic drink is a fantastic choice.

So go ahead, gather your ingredients, and mix up a delicious John Collins. Cheers to enjoying a timeless cocktail with a personal touch!