08/31/18 5:55am

The Tom Collins. (Credit: Joe Coleman)

The Collins template of drinks spans all spirits — the most notable being the “Tom Collins.”

The father of American cocktails, Jerry Thomas, once described the gin based cocktail as, “a sparkling lemonade spiked with a healthy dose of the juniper spirit.”

I remember being very young and hearing my grandmother ask for a Tom Collins at a family party. When I started making variations of the drink as a bartender that memory flooded back and really made me think about the drink. (more…)