I absolutely love a good Tom Collins. It’s a classic cocktail that never fails to refresh and delight. Today, I want to share with you my personal take on the Tom Collins drink recipe. So, grab your shaker and let’s get started!
The Origins of the Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is believed to have originated in the 19th century and has since become a staple in bars all around the world. Its exact origins are debated, but one popular theory is that it was named after a practical joke that was popular at the time.
The joke involved someone approaching a friend and asking if they had seen “Tom Collins.” The friend would respond with confusion, saying they hadn’t seen this person. The joker would then describe Tom Collins as a slanderous figure, prompting the friend to go on a wild goose chase looking for this non-existent person. Eventually, the joke would be revealed, and everyone would have a good laugh.
My Personal Touch: Adding a Twist of Citrus
While the classic Tom Collins recipe calls for lemon juice, I like to add a little twist by incorporating a mix of citrus flavors. I use a combination of freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice to give the cocktail a bright and zesty kick. It adds an extra layer of complexity that takes the drink to a whole new level.
I also like to garnish my Tom Collins with a slice of orange and a sprig of mint. The orange adds a touch of sweetness, while the mint enhances the overall freshness of the cocktail. It’s the little details like these that make all the difference in creating a truly exceptional drink.
The Perfect Tom Collins Recipe
Now, let’s dive into the details of how to make the perfect Tom Collins:
- Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
- Add 2 ounces of gin. I prefer using a London Dry gin for its crisp and juniper-forward flavor profile.
- Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon and 1 lime into the shaker.
- Add 1 ounce of simple syrup for a touch of sweetness.
- Give the shaker a good shake for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes.
- Top it off with club soda, leaving some space at the top.
- Garnish with a slice of orange and a sprig of mint.
Remember to give the Tom Collins a quick stir before taking your first sip to ensure that all the flavors are well-mixed.
The Tom Collins is a timeless cocktail that never fails to impress. With its refreshing citrus flavors and hint of sweetness, it’s the perfect drink for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer soirée or simply want to enjoy a relaxing evening at home, the Tom Collins is sure to satisfy.
Remember, feel free to experiment and add your own personal touches to the recipe. That’s what makes cocktail crafting so much fun! Cheers!