The Tom Collins is a fine old drink—cocktail writer David Wondrich notes how it turns up (in a slightly different form) in Jerry Thomas’s seminal Bon Vivant’s Companion of 1877. Wondrich cites the drink’s “simple elegance”: just gin, lemon juice, and sugar, topped off with fizzy water.
What to buy: Finely milled superfine sugar dissolves rapidly, avoiding any risk of graininess in the finished drink.
- 1Drop a handful of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and add the gin, lemon juice, and sugar. Shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Pour into a chilled collins glass filled with ice cubes.
- 2Add the club soda to the glass, give it a quick stir, garnish with the lemon slice, and serve.