Rum Collins

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Discerning Drinkers (16 ratings)

Serve in a

Collins glass

Photographed in an

Urban Bar Fluet Highball 1910 45cl

Garnish:

Skewered Luxardo Maraschino cherry and lemon slice (sail)

How to make:

SHAKE first 4 ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with soda.

2 fl oz Caribbean blended rum aged 6-10 years
3/4 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters
2 fl oz Thomas Henry Soda Water
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Review:

It's more common to find rum mixed with lime juice, but the Rum Collins calls for lemon, and this combines brilliantly with the aged rum in this long refreshing cocktail.

Variant:

In his 1948 The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks David A. Embury says, "Originally there were two brothers only in the Collins family - Tom and John. During recent years, however, numerous cousins have appeared on the scene - Pedro, Pierre, Sandy, Mike, Jack, the Colonel and several others whose first names have not yet been officially recorded in the baptismal registry."
Captain Collins - with Canadian whisky
Colonel Collins - with bourbon whiskey
Dutch Collins or Genever Collins (aka Phil Collins) - with genever/jenever/Hollands
Jack Collins - with calvados
Jock Collins or Sandy Collins - with Scotch whisky
Joe Collins or Vodka Collins - with vodka
John Collins - with London dry gin
Jose Collins or Pepito Collins - with tequila
Mike Collins or Ronan Collins - with Irish whiskey
Pedro Collins - with light white rum
Pierre Collins - with cognac/brandy
Pisco Collins - with pisco
Rum Collins - with aged rum
Tom Collins - with old tom gin
Whiskey Collins - with bourbon/rye whiskey

History:

Adapted from a recipe featured in the 1932 menu of Sloppy Joe's Bar in Havana, Cuba.

RUM COLLINS
The juice of a Lemon
1 Part of Rum.
Seltzer water.
Serve in a 10 ounce glass with cracked ice.

Sloppy Joe's menu, 1932

See the history of the Collins cocktail on our Tom Collins page.

Alcohol content:

  • 1.3 standard drinks
  • 11.25% alc./vol. (22.5° proof)
  • 17.7 grams of pure alcohol
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