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Tom Collins Recipe

Happy Hour: Tom Collins

In a memorable scene from season two of Mad Men, Don Draper instructs his 6-year-old daughter, Sally, how to prepare a Tom Collins for guests.

This gin sour drink, first created in the late 1800s, was a popular Summer sipper in the '50s and '60s, when it was known as "the king of cooling drinks." While it's currently fallen out of favor, perhaps the scene suggests that it's time to bring back this maraschino-topped crowd-pleaser.

Get the classic recipe.

Tom Collins

Tom Collins

Tom Collins Cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
Juice from half a lemon
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
4 ounces cold club soda
Slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry

Directions

  1. Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice, then pour into a chilled collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Add club soda and garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry.

Makes 1 cocktail.

Photos: Nancy Einhart

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