Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe from Scratch

How to make a Tom Collins cocktail from scratch without sugary mixes. Jump to the Tom Collins Recipe or read on to see our tips.

Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe from Scratch

This cocktail is not overly sweet and does not require any store-bought mix. Everything is made fresh. The base is dry gin then we add freshly squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. It’s incredibly delicious.

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Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe

Recipe updated, originally posted July 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Tom Collins Cocktail Recipe from Scratch

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How to make a Tom Collins cocktail from scratch without sugary mixes.

Makes 4 drinks

You Will Need

1 cup dry gin

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

1/2 cup simple syrup, see our recipe for how to make simple syrup

1 cup club soda

4 orange slices

4 maraschino cherries



    Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a pitcher. Stir well. Fill 4 glasses to the brim with ice. Divide gin mixture between glasses. Add a splash of club soda then garnish with orange slice and a cherry.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • This recipe for Tom Collins was created and photographed, by us, for Betty Crocker.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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8 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Misti February 19, 2013, 5:20 pm

    what makes it red at the bottom?

    • Adam February 19, 2013, 10:15 pm

      The maraschino cherries made the cocktail glass look red at the bottom.

  • won July 16, 2011, 11:21 pm

    I was the hit of the party tonight with these. Thank you!

    • Joanne July 18, 2011, 8:41 am

      Awesome, Won! So happy to hear it!

  • miri leigh July 16, 2011, 1:41 pm

    This looks so inviting….great for a warm summer eve!

  • won July 15, 2011, 5:10 pm

    That looks great and guess what?

    It’s nine minutes past five 🙂

  • Aggie July 15, 2011, 10:40 am

    I am not a lover of gin, BUT I don’t know if I’ve given it much of a chance either. I would definitely drink one of these! Gorgeous photo!

    • Joanne July 18, 2011, 8:41 am

      Oh, Aggie! Try this recipe, then… I wasn’t a fan either, but the fresh lemon and simple syrup really makes it.


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