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Tom Collins Cocktail

by on July 14, 2011 · 11 comments

Okay, we know it isn’t Friday yet, or after 5, but we are just getting prepared. It’s good to be prepared.

This is NOT overly sweet, does NOT require any store-bought mix and if I were making the rules, requires at least 2 cherries, but since I’m not, that part is up to you. I just needed to make sure you knew where I stand on the issue.



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

Tom Collins
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A twist on a classic Tom Collins.
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Yield: 4
You Will Need
  • 1 cup dry gin
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 4 orange slices
  • 4 maraschino cherries
  • ice
  1. Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a pitcher. Stir.
  2. Fill 4 glasses to the brim with ice then fill 3/4 with the Tom Collins.
  3. Add a few splashes of club soda.
  4. Garnish each glass with an orange and a cherry.
  5. Note: To make the simple syrup, combine 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool.

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1 Aggie July 15, 2011 at 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!


2 Joanne July 18, 2011 at 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.


3 won July 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm

That looks great and guess what?

It’s nine minutes past five :)


4 miri leigh July 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

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


5 won July 16, 2011 at 11:21 pm

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


6 Joanne July 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

Awesome, Won! So happy to hear it!


7 Misti February 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm

what makes it red at the bottom?


8 Adam February 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

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


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