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Tom collins cocktail

  • serves 1
  • Easy

This classic is essentially a sour
 cocktail lengthened with sparkling water. Winningly simple to mix,
 it makes for a deliciously refreshing aperitif


Try this Tom Collins recipe, then check out our Singapore slingnegronidirty martini and more gin cocktail recipes.

Our drinks expert, Hannah Guinness, shares her at-home bar tips to help you take your tom collins to the next level.

What is a tom collins?

At its simplest a tom collins is a sour made with a base spirit – classically old tom gin – lemon juice and sugar, and lengthened with sparkling water. It’s winningly easy to make and makes for a refreshing summer drink.

Tom collins ingredients

We’ve tried and tested the best gins, but feel free to experiment with other base spirits – vodka, cognac, calvados, blanco tequila, white rum and light blended whiskies would all work well.

Bar hacks and garnishes

Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry. Use a chilled highball glass.

Make it a non-alcoholic tom collins

Swap the gin for a non-alcoholic gin.



  • London dry or old tom gin 50ml
  • lemon juice 25ml
  • sugar syrup 12.5ml
  • sparkling water
  • lemon or orange wheel and maraschino cherry to garnish


  • Step 1

    Fill a tall highball glass with ice, add all of the ingredients and gently stir. Garnish with a citrus wheel and maraschino cherry.

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