The Classic Tom Collins

Tom Collins

The classic Tom Collins cocktail is made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. First concocted in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, “the father of American bartender”, this “gin and sparkling lemonade” drink is typically served in a Collins glass over ice.

Cocktail historian, David Wondrich, said that there are several other earlier references to this version of the drink and that it bears a striking resemblance to the gin punches served in London clubs in the first half of the 19th century.

The first Tom Collins recipe published appears to have been in Harry Johnson’s 1882 book, New and Improved Bartender’s Manual, or How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style. This book actually includes a recipe for two Collins drinks, the John Collins and the Tom Collins. The only difference? The John Collins calls for Holland Gin, and the Tom Collins calls for Old Tom gin, thus the name. We can only presume the Tom Collins proved to be a better tasting drink and therefore prevailed as the classic cocktail we know and love today.

With an Archetype twist, you can master this traditional gin classic. In essence, Tom Collins is a sumptuous lemonade with a healthy dose of the centering spirit. With every sip, this refreshing cocktail lives up to its classic status.

Archetype Tom Collins


  • 2 ounces Archrival Gin
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 bottle of club soda, to top
  • Lemon wheel for garnish


1. Add the Archrival Gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a Collins glass.
2. Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir.
3. Garnish with a lemon wheel (optional).

BONUS: Feeling adventurous? Put your own spin on this classic by adding a flavored simple syrup such as lavender, thyme, or rosemary.