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a purple drink in a Collins glass with a lemon wheel and mint.

How to Make Your Own Collins Cocktail

Amy Traynor
This cocktail recipe template is perfect for experimenting with different spirits, simple syrups, and citrus fruits. Learn how to make the classic Tom Collins your own with this easy recipe template.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz gin, or other spirit of choice (I used Empress 1908 Gin)
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • club soda, or other carbonated water


  • Combine the first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, about 12 seconds, then strain into a Collins glass (or other tall glass) filled with ice.
  • Top with chilled club soda and garnish with a lemon wheel and a cocktail cherry, or mint, or other botanicals, as desired.


Alternate Ingredient Ratio:

  • 2 oz gin, or other spirit
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda
Keyword classic cocktails, cocktail templates, Collins, empress gin, gin, simple syrup
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