Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Tom Collins

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I was taking a drink just now at Andy Parle's, when I overheard an individual denouncing you in the vilest manner. He said you loafed on your friends, borrowed money and never returned it, owed bills in every quarter of the city, and were the biggest beat he knew. I inquired who he was and he said his name was Tom Collins. He can be found at Parle's.

Who knew there were trolls in the 19th century. But as it were, whatever the origin story were (or if there is one), the Tom Collins is a classic, and one of my favourite long drinks. Deceptively simple, delightfully refreshing - everything a cocktail should be.

This individual kept up his nefarious business of slandering our citizens all day yesterday. But we believe that he succeeded in keeping out of the way of his pursuers. In several instances he came well nigh being caught, having left certain places but a very few moments before the arrival of those who were hunting him. His movements are watched to-day with the utmost vigilance.

- Tom Collins Still Among Us, Daily Republican, Decatur, Ill., June 1874

The Tom Collins

Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin
Fresh lemon juice
Sugar syrup
Sparkling water

In a cobbler shaker, pour: 2 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of lemon juice, 3/4 ounce of sugar syrup

Fill with ice, and employ the three-step hard shake for 25-30 seconds

Pour into a high ball glass full of ice, and top with sparkling water

Lemon wheel to garnish

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