There may not be a drink as resilient as the Tom Collins, as it remains one of the most popular cocktails today, and was made before Prohibition. Specifically, the drink has been consumed since the late 1800s.
Jerry Thomas immortalized the drink in writing, and many consider him to be the forefather of modern mixology. As a result, just like many other classic cocktails, many spinoffs have risen. One of the most popular is the American Collins, which incorporates some more fruits and add a new dimension to the classic.
- 1 ½ ounces of gin
- ¾ ounce of simple syrup
- ½ ounce of lemon juice
- 4 bing cherries (pitted)
- 8 blueberries
- 8 ounces of club soda
- In a Collins glass, muddle the blueberries and cherries in the lemon juice and simple syrup.
- Add the gin, and ice, and stir.
- Top with club soda.
- Collins glass
- Muddling spoon
- Stirring spoon
Common garnishes are bing cherries and/or lemon wheels. By now it might be obvious as to why it is called an American Collins: between the blueberries and the cherries, the drink displays blue and red prominently, and the American Flag features red, white, and blue. As always, some may choose to use seltzer water instead of club soda. The drink is therefore perfect for patriotic holidays, such as a July 4th celebration, but it is not limited to it, by any means. The combination of blueberries and cherries certainly adds a new dimension to the Collins, and it may be a little too fruity for those who prefer a classic gin drink. Regardless, it is certainly a beautiful drink that many appreciate, even if it isnt a staple in every bar like the classic Tom Collins is. Whether you are celebrating America, or simply celebrating life, family, and fan, enjoy an American Collins today!