Tequila Collins: The Ol’ Bait & Switch

The story behind the legendary classic cocktail, Tom Collins, in a nutshell:

Back in the late 1800’s, a guy, we’ll call him Bob, really riled up his amigo, Clark, with some alleged gossip. Bob would say that he was at Bar XYZ last Friday, and some jerk was talking trash about Clark to everyone there. Clark, of course, wanted to know who this person was and where he could be found. Bob told Clark that this scalawag could be found at bar XYZ every Friday, and went by the name Tom Collins.

When Clark showed up at the bar, asking the bartender where he could find this Tom Collins, he’d received a smirk and a cocktail.

A classic Tom Collins is made with gin, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, topped with club soda and a quick stir. Of a orange twist or cherry garnish was mandatory.

I’ve added a tequila twist to this recipe and it did not disappoint. Let me know your thoughts on this variation. And always remember to drink responsibly.



2 oz. Silver Tequila
2 tbsp sugar ( or 2 sugar cubes)
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Garnish with Cherry & Lemon Slice



In a shaker tin, fill 1/4 with ice. Pour in tequila, lime and lemon juice. Cover tin and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds.*

*SIDE NOTE: A traditional Tom Collins is stirred, not shaken. But because we are using fresh sugar, and not simple syrup, shaking this cocktail will dissolve the sugar to better mix with all ingredients.

Strain and pour over ice-filled Collins glass. Top off with Club Soda, then garnish with lemon and cherry.

Tequila Collins


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