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John Collins Recipe


John Collins Cocktail

John Collins

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The John Collins is a tasty bourbon sour that makes a great mixed drink for summer evenings. It is a tall version of the Whiskey Sour and can be made with other styles of whiskey as well.

There are other many “Collins” drinks that vary because of the base liquor: i.e. Tom Collins, Vodka Collins, and Juan Collins. All of them are good drinks to memorize and it is very easy once you know the base recipe. To remember the difference between the John and Tom Collins, I think of John as the macho whiskey drinker and I associate Tom with Old Tom Gin.

In all "Colllins" drinks there are two basic options for creating the sour component. Option 1 is below, made with fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. Option 2 is to replace those two ingredients with a sour mix, which can be either bottled or, preferably, a fresh sour mix.


Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and sugar syrup in a collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Stir thoroughly.
  3. Top with club soda.
  4. Garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

Note: You can also shake this drink. To do so, secure a mixing tin on top of the glass and give the mix a quick shake prior to adding the soda.

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