“Have you seen Tom Collins?” That’s the opening of the 1840s joke that spawned the timeless cocktail you know and love today. What was the gist of the joke? I hate to break it to you but it pales in comparison to the delicious cocktail that bears its name. Basically, person A would ask person B if he or she had seen Tom Collins, a fictional character spreading lies about person B. Person A would then take pleasure in watching person B fume. That’s it.
While definitely a disappointing, “eh, you sort of had to be there…” kind of joke by today’s standards, bartenders ran with the concept and named a drink after Tom Collins. That way when an indignant person B asked the bartender for Tom Collins in an attempt to track down the slanderer, he’d really be ordering a drink. Clever, right? Okay maybe not, but when you’re sipping on your next Jō Collins you’ll be glad that such a silly joke produced greatness.
- 5 oz Jōcassee Gin
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
- Club Soda
Add Jōcassee Gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake well and strain into highball glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon and cherry.