By definition, a “Collins” is a tall, iced cocktail made with liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, or brandy), lemon juice, sugar, and soda water, and garnished with a lemon slice. It is served in a 10-to-12-ounce “Collins” glass. Gin is the liquor in the most popular version of this cocktail, the Tom Collins, the name of which most probably memorializes its inventor.
Yield: 2 6-ounce drinks
¼ cup fresh lemon juice, strained
4 ounces gin or vodka
2 ½ teaspoons superfine sugar
3 ounces club soda
2 very thin orange slices, for garnish
1 kumquat, sliced into very thin rounds, for garnish
Step 1: Shake the lemon juice, gin, and sugar together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add the club soda and strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish the rim of each glass with the oranges and kumquats.