You've probably heard of a Tom Collins, but have you ever tried a Vodka Collins cocktail? While the Vodka Collins may not be as popular as other alcoholic cocktails such as the Manhattan and Mojito, the cocktail recipe is a true classic. Loaded with vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda, this drink recipe is the perfect summer cocktail, especially with that little bit of fizz.
History of the Collins Drink
Before we had the Vodka Collins, we had the Tom Collins. Noted to have been in cookbooks all the way back in the late 1800s, the tom collins originally called for 3 parts Old Tom Gin, 2 parts lemon juice, 1 part sugar syrup, and soda water to taste. The cocktail was mixed in a collins glass with ice cubes and garnished with a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice.
Throughout the years, new variations of the drink started to pop up on bar menus including:
South Side - Equal parts of gin and limeade with the addition of mint.
Juan Collins - Tequila, lime juice, sugar, and club soda.
Rum Collins - Rum, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.
John Collins - Whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda water.
Instead of classic gin, this Vodka Collins recipe uses good vodka as the base of the recipe. You can always substitute sour mix instead of the lemon juice and simple syrup as well.
How to Make a Vodka Collins
To make a Vodka Collins, all you need is a tall glass and your ingredients. No cocktail shaker needed here!
In a collins glass or even a highball glass, combine 3 parts vodka, 2 parts lemon juice, and 1 part simple syrup. Add ice and stir together with a spoon. Top with soda water and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice.
In a collins glass or even a highball glass, combine vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and stir together with a spoon. Top with soda water and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a lemon slice.