Tom Collins

Drinks ex­pert Alice Las­celles show­cases this all-time clas­sic and three twists

BBC Good Food - - Update - pho­to­graph EMMA BOYNS

Re­fresh­ing, easy to make and in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile, the Collins is one of those drinks that ev­ery­one should have un­der their belt. The orig­i­nal Tom Collins was prob­a­bly made with gen­ever (the Dutch pre­cur­sor to gin) or Old Tom gin, which was a sweeter style of gin that was pop­u­lar in the 18th and 19th cen­turies. Both of th­ese would have given the drink a sweeter flavour than modern-day gins, which are much more crisp. But that clas­sic for­mula of spirit, cit­rus, sugar and soda is one that works with just about any spirit from dry gin and light rum to tequila and even co­gnac.

SERVES 1 PREP 10 mins COOK 2 mins EASY V

50ml gin

25ml lemon juice 25ml sugar syrup (see recipe, be­low) 125ml chilled soda wa­ter

Build the drink over plenty of ice in a Collins glass, stir gen­tly and gar­nish with a slice of lemon.


• gluten free

PER SERVING 201 kcals • fat none • sat­u­rates none

• carbs 17g • sug­ars 17g • fi­bre none • protein none

• salt none

Make a sugar syrup Dis­solve 300g caster sugar in 150ml wa­ter over a low heat. Leave to cool and bot­tle. Will keep in­def­i­nitely.

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