Learn to make a Collins and you will instantly know a whole family of drinks. The basic ingredients are sweetened citrus juice and 2 oz of liquor plus soda water. Once upon a time a Collins was always made with gin. It is often a build, but many bartenders shake it to produce a more effervescent drink. The drink varies greatly with the chosen spirit: gin, rum, whisky, vodka, brandy, or tequila. For Collins drinks, 2 oz of freshly squeezed citrus juice is used with approximately 1/2 oz of sugar syrup. You may have to adjust the amount of sweetener according to the tartness of the fruit. A tall 12 ounce Collins (aka Sling) glass is a natural choice for the Collins. For garnish, try twists, wedges, sprigs of mint, berries, and pretty straws.

Here are the four most popular ‘Collins’ drinks:

To make a classic Tom Collins pour gin in a tall glass filled with ice, add 2 oz of sweetened lemon juice, and then top upwith soda water.

With vodka instead of gin, and grapefruit instead of lemon juice a Collins become a Greyhound.

With rye whisky instead of gin, a Collins becomes a John Collins.

With grapefruit juice instead of lemon lemon juice, a Collins becomes a Salty Dog. Serve with a salted rim.

Other ‘Collins’ drinks:

Juan or José – with tequila

Comrade – with vodka

Micheal – with Irish whisky

Sandy – with Scotch whisky

Russel – with Jagermeister

Ron – with rum

Invite some friends and create your own ‘Collins’ inventions. Share your concoctions with Cocktail Hunter and perhaps your drink will be the Cocktail Of The Day for the world to enjoy.

Happy Mixing!