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Retro Cocktail Recipe: The Tom Collins

| Wednesday March 21, 201210 comments


The new season of Mad Men is upon us and with that in mind, I'm feeling particularly retro and I thought it was high time, I tried out a fancy, old school style cocktail! I'm channelling my inner Betty Draper for this drink and trying out a little something different. It's a bit more complicated than other cocktails (this ain't your regular old rum n' coke ladies) but it's not difficult and once you finish the cocktail you'll be able to host your very own dinner party and impress all your friends!

Here's what you'll need:
 

Sugar and Water
Soda Water
1 Shot of Lemon or Lemon Juice
2 Shots of Gin 
Cocktail Shaker 

Step 1: Make a simple syrup
 

Making a simple syrup is just that- simple. I thought it would be good to show you all the steps so you can use this as a reference to any other recipe or cocktail that calls for you to make one. To make a simple syrup, you use 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Boil the water and once it's bubbling, pour in the sugar. 
 

Stir constantly until all the sugar is dissolved. Once dissolved, remove the pan from heat, you shouldn't boil the mixture again. Stir the mixture, cool and let thicken. 

Step 2: Lemon Juice
 

Squeeze out 1 ounce, or one shot of lemon juice and pour into a cocktail shaker, over ice. I use freshly squeezed lemon, but if you wanted to cheat and use bottled lemon juice it'll be our little secret!

Step 3: Gin and Syrup


Pour in the 2 shots of gin with the lemon juice. I found my drink a bit too sour for my taste so I suggest using up to about half a shot of simple syrup. You may need to play around with the proportions for your own taste (I've got a sweet tooth!).

Step 4: Shake and Soda


Shake the cocktail shaker, pour the mixture into a glass and top off with soda water. 

Final Product


Garnish your glass with a lemon wedge and you've got yourself a fine lookin' cocktail there chicks!

Are you a retro cocktail fan or maybe a Mad Men fan? Leave a comment and let me know what your fave cocktail is!
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10 Comments

on March 25, 2012  MaryGorgeous  1,616 said:

I hope that with mad men's popularity that bar tenders get to know this drink! I have often ordered it and they didn't know what it was! Shame!

on March 23, 2012  GoneBatty  3,196 said:

I have been looking for a yummy cocktail to serve in my pretty new pink frosted cocktail glasses. This looks like a winner!

on March 22, 2012  Aliza  13,970 said:

Sounds yummy! Never tried it.

on March 22, 2012  LadyFlash  8,899 said:

I'm not a fan of Gin but I love Tom Collins drink. It's a classic and I love it with a bit of raspberry puree or juice added to it.

on March 21, 2012  frose  994 said:


I like that you put pictures that way is easier to us to make as well!

on March 21, 2012  staceb  1,174 said:


I don't drink but it puts me in the mood for Summer and Lemonade.

on March 21, 2012  annmarie  4,261 said:

Yummmmy, I'm so thirsty now! LOL

on March 21, 2012  shuey  2,784 said:

lmao~ seriously, my mouth was watering as I was reading this and then I saw your comment Takoda. Do you know me or what...lol
Looks like I have a new drink to try thins weekend~can't wait. :)

on March 21, 2012  LadyChick234234  3,701 said:

Awesome for a patio.

on March 21, 2012  takoda  28,648 said:

I've never tried one of these and I don't think I'd like it, but I just might know someone who would like this, shuey.LOL

It sure looks easy enough to make, but it also seems like a lot of work if you were making a lot of them for party guests.

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