This cocktail has been popular for a long time, but the origin of the name is still up for debate. Some think it was named after a sweet gin called Old Tom, and others believe the drink was named for the bartender who invented it. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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- 1-1/2 to 2 cups ice cubes, divided
- 2 ounces gin
- 1-1/2 ounces sour mix
- 1/2 cup club soda, chilled
- Orange slice and maraschino cherry
- Fill a shaker three-fourths full with ice. Place remaining ice in a Collins or highball glass; set aside.
- Add the gin and sour mix to shaker; cover and shake for 10-15 seconds or until condensation forms on outside of shaker. Strain into prepared glass. Pour club soda into glass. Garnish as desired. Yield: 1 serving.
Originally published as Tom Collins in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2007