We're on the cusp of the May 24 long weekend, the unofficial start of summer for those of us in the Great White North. It's the perfect time for a classic warm weather long drink: the Tom Collins.
Like many, if not all, cocktails and mixed drinks, the Tom Collins has plenty of variations and versions out there. Here are a few.
David Wondrich, one of the foremost cocktail historians out there, gives us some history and a recipe in the Wondrich take on the Tom Collins.
Robert Hess of Small Screen Network ups the lemon juice and uses simple syrup instead of superfine sugar as a sweetener in his Tom Collins. You can check it out in the video below.
Here's another Tom Collins recipe at Epicurious, where the gin, sugar and lemon juice are added in equal proportions.
If you're not a fan of gin, there are Tom Collins variations using a variety or spirits. Below I've listed links to a few of them.
- Pedro Collins (features rum as the base spirit)
- Jack Collins (uses Apple Jack, Calvados or other apple brandy)
- Tequila Collins
- John Collins (bourbon is the key to this one)
- Brandy Collins
Whatever your preference, the Tom Collins is a classic and refreshing mixed drink that will serve you well during the upcoming long weekend.
Have fun. Be merry.
What's your favourite? Tell us about the tall drink that makes you think "long weekend"