John Collins

John Collins is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. It is typically served over ice and garnished with a lemon twist and cherry.

John Collins recipe

  • 4.5 cl (3 parts) gin
  • 3 cl (2 parts) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1.5 cl (1 part) sugar syrup
  • 6 cl (4 parts) carbonated water

Pour all ingredients directly into highball glass filled with ice. Stir gently. Garnish. Add a dash of Angostura bitters.

Directions for how to make the John Collins

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 4.5 cl (3 parts) of gin into the glass.
  3. Add 3 cl (2 parts) of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Mix in 1.5 cl (1 part) of sugar syrup.
  5. Pour 6 cl (4 parts) of carbonated water into the glass to fill.
  6. Stir the contents of the glass gently to combine.
  7. Add a dash of Angostura bitters to the top of the drink.
  8. Garnish with a lemon slice or cherry, if desired.

Tips for how to make the perfect John Collins

  • Use fresh lemon juice and high-quality gin for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to add enough soda water to create a light and bubbly texture.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry to elevate the presentation.

Alcohol-free alternative to the John Collins

A popular alcohol-free alternative to John Collins is the Virgin Collins. The recipe for a Virgin Collins includes the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Ice
  • Lemon wedge and a cherry for garnish

To make the drink, combine the lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain the mixture into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top it with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge and cherry. It’s a refreshing and flavorful alternative that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their alcohol consumption preferences.

John Collins fun facts

  1. John Collins is a classic cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water.
  2. This drink gets its name from a head bartender named John Collins who worked at a London hotel in the 1800s.
  3. The John Collins is a variation of another classic cocktail called the Tom Collins, which is made with the same ingredients, except for using bourbon whiskey instead of gin.
  4. The John Collins was also featured in Jerry Thomas’s classic bartending guide book called “The Bon Vivant’s Companion” in the 19th century.
  5. The John Collins is often garnished with a lemon slice and cherry, giving it a bright and refreshing appearance.