John Collins Drink IBA and Variation


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Among the many famous long drinks, the John Collins drink is certainly one of the most loved and known. Simple and thirst-quenching, suitable for any time of day thanks to its low alcohol content. It’s also a good cocktail to approach the world of gin, to savour the distillate without excessive gustatory distraction.

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John Collins Cocktail History

Around the John Collins drink there is a bit of confusion, investigating to write the article to each new source a new piece was added to the story, here’s what I found!

The John Collins cocktail was born around 1890 at Limmer’s old House in London, where John and Tom Collins both served. That’s why we hear about John and Tom Collins. These gin Collins cocktails are often confused, but what differentiates them is precisely the type of gin. The gin to prepare the john and a London Dry Gin, while the Tom Collins is an Old Tom Gin, which today is no longer produced, but which has been taken up and re-proposed by some production companies.

This gin had a sweet taste due to the distillation of the time, not as refined as it is today and sugar was added to make the distillate more sweet. John Collins was originally also known as Gin Punch, a cocktail made with gin, maraschino, lemon juice and soda, ingredients very similar to John Collins, not to mention that Limmer’s old House was famous for this gin-based cocktail.

John Collins Recipe

Among the various drinks, Collins is certainly the most famous because it is one of the first. The key to its success is simplicity. It is prepared directly in a Collins glass or tall tumbler filled with ice. Lemon juice, sugar syrup, gin, and finally it is filled with Soda Water and not with Tonic, I recommend, because they are two different things. Soda is a very carbonated water, often siphoned, instead of tonic water and water infused mainly with quinine.

Once the ingredients have been poured, mix gently with a spoon so as not to break the water bubble. Decorate with a lemon wedge on the rim and a Maraschino cherry inside the cocktail. Some Barman adds a few drops of angostura to the John Collins cocktail, it’s optional and is for personal taste.

John Collins drink is a fresh and thirst-quenching cocktail, suitable for all hours. It is part of the long drink cocktails family, obviously the Collins Cocktails, but also the Fizzes, i.e., drinks containing lemon juice and sugar.

The John Collins Drink Variants

In addition to the Tom Collins Cocktail, there are other variations

  • Brandy Collins
  • José Collins with Tequila
  • Sandy Collins or Jock Collins with scotch whiskey
  • Pierre Collins with cognac
  • Jack Collins with Applejack
  • Michael Collins with Irish whiskey in honour of the Irish leader of the same name
  • Ron Collins / Pedro Collins with rum
  • Sam Collins with more gin
  • Vodka Collins / Comrade Collins
  • Phil Collins with beer in honour of the singer of the same name
  • Joan Collins cocktail based on vodka, with lime, cucumber, mint, honey syrup and hibiscus, the preparation in the glass is slightly different.

If you like gin-based cocktails, try the Gin And Tonics, or

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John Collins Drink IBA

Refreshing and thirst-quenching, John Collins is one of the most classic cocktails with its fresh lemon and gin flavor.
Porzioni 1 cocktail
Tempo di Preparazione 5 minutes
Tempo totale 5 minutes


  • Tall Tumbler Glass or Collins glass


  • 45 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Lemon Juice
  • 15 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 60 ml Soda Water
  • Ice


  • 1 slice Lemons
  • 1 Cocktail Cherry


  • Fill the glass with ice and pour the lemon juice, the syrup and the gin, blame it with the soda water. Gently mix and decorate with the cherry and lemon wedge.
Chef: Taira by R.J.
Calorie: 161kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Alcoholic Cocktail
Difficoltà: Easy
Tipologia: Every Hour, Gin Base, Long Drink
Metodo di Miscelazione: Build


Serving: 142g | Calories: 161kcal (8%) | Carbohydrates: 16g (5%) | Fat: 0.1g | Sugar: 15g (17%)

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