Amoretti Classic Cocktail Recipe #2: The Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Lemon Syrup

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A few days ago we began a series that features classic cocktail recipes. We kicked things off with the Jack Rose, a drink that has its origins in the early 20th century. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Tom Collins, a drink that has a few decades on ol’ Jack.

Though origins are disputed (perhaps the historians had one too many?)  it’s most likely that the Tom Collins is the unique creation of bartender Jerry Thomas, who authored The Bartender’s Guide in 1876.

However, the more interesting story about the Tom Collins is the name. Thomas’s recipe and book were published in 1876, two years after the “Tom Collins joke” that was popular in New York and Pennsylvania in 1874. As a part of the joke, friends would approach one another on the street and ask, “Have you seen Tom Collins?” The other person – not knowing anyone by that name – would be confused, and ask who Tom Collins is. The joker would then say that Tom Collins is gossiping about them down the street or in a bar one block over. Naturally, the “victim” would go to find this Tom Collins, though they would only find themselves to be the butt of a joke!

Inspired by the joke’s popularity, Jerry Thomas decided to name his gin-based cocktail the “Tom Collins.” We’ve made a few slight changes to the modern IBA Tom Collins that uses one of our delicious simple syrups for mixed drinks. Check it out!

Amoretti Tom Collins


  • Ingredients:

    • Directions:
    • Mix the first three ingredients together in the glass with ice, and add 4 oz carbonated water. Standard garnish is a slice of lemon and maraschino cherry.

      We enjoy using our lemon syrup (certainly a unique citrus syrup!) as opposed to lemon and simple syrup because it adds an interesting twist to an old standard. Our lemon syrup (made from natural flavors) isn’t sugary-sweet like traditional drink syrups; it packs a lot of citrus-y punch. We think it adds just the right amount of sweet taste – a perfect simple syrup for mixed drinks!

      If you like the Tom Collins, check back in a few days for the next installment of Amoretti Classic Cocktail Recipes. Hint: Agave Liquor Dawn?

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