How to Make a Tom Collins

Master your mixology skills with this simple cocktail recipe. A delightfully fizzy and crisp drink, the classic Tom Collins can brighten up even the coldest and dullest of days, or offer a welcome refreshment on a sweltering hot night.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cocktail shaker

  • Ice

  • 1 1/2 ounce gin

  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup

  • Strainer

  • Cocktail glass

  • Club soda

  • Lemon wedge (for garnish)

  • Maraschino cherry (for garnish)

Step 1

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

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Step 2

Pour in 1 1/2 ounces of gin.

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Step 3

Pour in 3/4 ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Step 4

Pour in 3/4 ounces of simple syrup.

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Step 5

Shake the ingredients together.

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Step 6

Strain into an ice-filled cocktail glass and top with club soda.

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Step 7

Garnish with a lemon wedge and maraschino cherry.

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