The Original John Collins Cocktail Recipe

The original John Collins used genever liquor and for the purpose of clarity I have separated it out as a unique cocktail from the John Collins that uses London dry gin. Later when Old Tom gin gained popularity in the mid to late 1800’s they changed the name to Tom Collins and used Old Tom gin instead. Old Tom gin stopped being produced in the 1930’s and around the early 1900s London dry gin became the popular gin of choice. Just to confuse us all, people started calling the one made with London dry gin drink a John Collins too. So, there are two versions of the John Collins. One that uses genever and one that uses London dry gin.

Original John Collins Cocktail
Original John Collins Cocktail


  • 60 mls (2 oz) Genever
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Simple Syrup
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Lemon Juice
  • 150 mls (5 oz) Soda Water


Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice. Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water

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