The original Collins cocktail was a John Collins, and its origin can be traced back to John Collins, the headwaiter at a hotel and coffeehouse named Limmer's in London, around 1790 to 1817. His original version used genever, a Dutch-style gin, soda water, lemon, and sugar. It wasn't until the 1880s that the drink found popularity in the United States - it was viewed as an upscale gin sling.
When an enterprising bartender used Old Tom Gin, a London gin with a sweet flavor, the Collins became known as a Tom Collins. Currently, bartenders serve a Collins made with London dry gin, and in America, if you are served a Collins made with bourbon or whisky, it is a John Collins.
ingredients in the cocktail
how to make the cocktail
Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with soda, lightly stir and serve.