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John Collins Cocktail Recipe & Tutorial

Orange Cocktail inside a short glass garnished with a dried orange wheel

John Collins Cocktail Recipe & Tutorial

If you consider yourself a fan of classics and you enjoy sipping down on a good cocktail then you’re going to love the

" John Collins "

How old is this cocktail ?

The John Collins is arguably one of the oldest cocktails out there, which was said to be founded in New York back in the 1850s by a drink historian named David Wondrich.

In reality, it could have originated even further back by a headwaiter who worked at Limmer’s Old House in Conduit Street in Mayfair ( Back in 1790-1817 ) That is such a long time ago !

It’s known to be made by either Gin or Bourbon, with lemon juice, simple syrup & soda water topup

Here is how
it is done


50 ml ( 1.66 oz ) Bourbon Whisky
25 ml ( 0.83 oz ) Lemon Juice
12 ml ( 0.4 oz ) Simple Syrup
Top up with Soda Water

Garnish : Dried Orange Wheel

How to do it 

  1. Pour the Bourbon, Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup into the Blossoming Cobbler using the Wrapped Japanese Double Jigger
  2. Add ice using the Stainless Steel Ice Scoop
  3. Shake Well
  4. Place a large rounded ice cube into the Japanese Brandy Glass using the Long Garnish Tweezer
  5. Strain the cocktail into the glass
  6. Top up with Soda Water
  7. Garnish with a dried orange wheel

Terviseks !

Isn’t this cocktail called a Tom Collins ?

While we did use Bourbon Whisky instead of Gin, it is still considered by many to be also called a John Collins.

Others might consider this version with Whisky as the Tom Collins and the one with Gin as the John Collins.

We call them the same thing

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