Fight the exhausting heat by trying out a Tom Collins Cocktail, a refreshing hit of citrus accompanied by a smooth drinkability.
As a common act of tomfoolery in 1874, New Yorkers would begin a conversation by asking "Have you seen Tom Collins?", when the person routinely responds by stating that they do not know any Tom Collins, they would be told that Mr. Collins was inquiring about them and that he's "just around the corner", at the local watering hole. Tom Collins of course was non-existant, and there was no hope in anyone locating the invisible man. Clearly humour has come a long way since 1874, but the hoax proved to create exposure for the soon-to-be cocktail, launching it to an unprecedented popularity in later years.
The drink itself was first published in the 1876 edition of "The Bartender's Guide" by Jerry Thomas. With the only speculation for its name origin being the great hoax of Tom Collins.
2 ounces gin
2 ounces lemon juice
1 ounce sugar syrup
1 dash bitters (optional)
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup cold club soda
1 slice lemon, for garnish
1 red cherry
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and a dash of bitters. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of the container is frosted, (about 20 seconds). Strain into a highball glass full of ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.