John Collins (1820-1830)

The drink’s name comes from John Collins, a head waiter at the Limmer’s Hotel in London, who created it.

Initially, it was served as Gin Punch, but it became so popular that the clientele named it after him.

By 1870, the base liquor had changed from Old Tom Genever gin to whiskey, and the one made with gin was named Tom Collins.

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John Collins

John Collins cocktail
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 1/2 oz American Whiskey - bourbon
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • soda water


  1. Shake everything with ice except the soda.
  2. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  3. Fill with soda.
  4. Garnish an orange slice and a cherry.


Substitute with gin for Tom Collins.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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