Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Squid Mixes: John Collins

John Collins or Tom Collins?  The same drink or not?  It's hard to tell.  The New York Bartender's Guide makes a clear distinction.  John incorporates blended whiskey, Tom gin.  The official IBA recipe for John, though, calls for gin.  Both drink names date to the 1860s and have been popular enough to inspire their own glassware: the Collins glass.

I mixed the whiskey version.  It tasted a lot like last week's sour, though less sour.  The whiskey-to-lemon juice ratio is the same, 2:1.  No doubt, the addition of sparkling water dilutes the sourness a bit.


  1. A sour-lite? Looks entirely refreshing!

  2. Maybe I need to get a copy of this book you use...

    1. The most recent edition was published in 2012. Mine came out in 1994. I like it for the fact that it is indexed by ingredient. The drinks tend to the strong side.

  3. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... yummy !

    cheers, parsnip

  4. Not a big fan of whiskey so I might have to pass on this one :)

  5. Hmmm....I would have to have both and taste them to make sure which one is better:)