Tom Collins Cocktail

The recipe for the Tom Collins first appeared in the 1876 edition of Jerry Thomas’ “The Bartender’s Guide”. Apparently named after a little practical joke popular around 1874 in which one person would tell someone on the street that Tom Collins is in a local bar and is talking about them. The now agitated person would hurry off to confront this Tom Collins and soon enough a forward thinking bartender created the drink.


2 oz Beefeater 24 Gin

1 oz Lemon Juice

1 tsp simple syrup


Shake with ice.

Strain into an ice filled collins glass and top with soda.

Garnish with cherry and orange wedge.


George R. Welch 19 Oct 2010
7:38 am

Beefeater 24 is awesome gin.  A 6-to-1 dry martini with Beefeater 24 and Lilet makes a really awesome martini.

I probably have 20 varieties in my gin cabinet right now, from London Drys, to a handful of American types, and stuff in between.  But what really pisses me off is Beefeater’s refusal to allow this wonderful product to be marketed across the US.  Did you get your’s in Washington?  AFAICT, it’s only sold in NY and California, so if they are expanding I would love to hear it.

I live in Texas, and our largest chain (SPECS) doesn’t carry it and can’t order it.  I went to a local shop that caters to customer service.  They tried to order it for me and were told that Beefeater forbids its sale outside of its marketing area, in a deliberate attempt to produce a false sense of scarcity.

It’s really awesome gin.  But Beefeater’s marketing people seem like idiots.

Nick L. 19 Oct 2010
8:41 am

This is exactly how I’ve been making this drink for some time now and it’s awesome on a warm day.  Some guests even prefer it with a dash of lemon or orange bitters to add a little bite.

Unfortunately, I’ve never tried Beefeater 24, but Martin Miller’s is my go-to gin for this and many other gin-centered cocktails.

Really happy to see this cocktail being featured here!

Lawrence Spies 19 Oct 2010
6:23 pm

Plymouth is my Gin of choice.

Chris CV 20 Oct 2010
5:11 pm

Tanqueray original for me.  I was raised on the stuff. I’ve heard people say it doesn’t mix well, but I love it straight and in cocktails.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Hendrick’s and Plymouth and some of the others I’ve tried, too, but I keep coming back.

Lawrence Spies 21 Oct 2010
12:46 am

Tangueray 10, Bombay Sapphire, Hendricks, are others I like too, but like you Chris, I keep coming back to my original choice. Also try topping off your Tom Collins now and then with 7-Up or your favorite lemon lime soda instead of soda for a little extra citrus kick. My first serious taste of Gin, other than the stolen sips from my parents liquor cabinet when I was a kid, was on a cruise to the Bahamas. When I got to the bar, I told the bar tender I like Gin, and with that, the bar tender made me an awesome Tom Collins and its been one of my favorites since. Simple and delicious…Thanks Robert for featuring the Tom Collins!

Robert Hess 21 Oct 2010
5:58 am

Beefeater 24 definitely is an awesome gin, and being fairly new on the market is taking some time to weave it’s way through the unfortunate red tape as well as the patchwork maze of liquor systems that are scattered across the US. As I understand it, they are simply being careful to do everything “by the book” in the various states and counties in order to not ruffle the feathers of the folks who can give them the green light to get onto the shelves.

B24 should now be available in New York, California, Massachusetts, Illinois, WashDC, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Florida, and just got approved in Texas, so you should be seeing it on the shelves very soon!


George R. Welch 21 Oct 2010
6:26 am


Thanks for that news!  Perhaps my conclusion about their marketing savvy was premature.  My apologies if it was off the mark, and here’s a big tip of the glass to Beefeater-24.


blair frodelius 22 Oct 2010
3:15 am

It is not known for certain whether the Tom Collins used London Dry style or the more readily available Genever (Holland style) gin.  Bols has a Genever style that is available in most markets.  It makes for a deeper, richer version of a Collins.


Blair Frodelius

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