Ahh the Tom Collins, that most classic of cocktails. Apparently the Collins was most likely named after 19th-century bartender John Collins of London’s Limmer’s Hotel. The Tom Collins was originally made with Old Tom, a sweet style of gin that’s extremely hard to find today. Huh, thanks Food & Wine! But to be honest we prefer our gin dry so we are fine with this change of pace, that said if you do like it sweet mix up a pitcher of this lemoncello twist on the classic collins next time you have friends over.
- 16 ounces limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
- 12 ounces gin
- 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
- 24 paper–thin lemon slices
- 16 ounces chilled club soda
- 8 mint sprigs
In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.