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.