Colonel Collins

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Discerning Drinkers (25 ratings)

Serve in a

Collins glass

Garnish:

Orange slice & Luxardo Maraschino cherry on stick (sail)

How to make:

SHAKE first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. TOP with soda, stir and serve with straws.

2 fl oz Bourbon whiskey
5/6 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 fl oz Sugar syrup 'rich' (2 sugar to 1 water, 65.0°Brix)
1 2/3 fl oz Thomas Henry Soda Water
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Review:

Sweetened, soured and diluted bourbon.

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:

Some call a bourbon-based Collins a "John Collins". A John Collins was originally made with genever, then old tom gin and finally London dry gin. The misappropriation of the name John Collins for a whiskey-based Collins is explained in a notation under the Holland Gin-based John Collins recipe in Stanley M. Jones' 1977 Jones' Complete Barguide. " Note: Since Holland Gin is in few bars, Bourbon is often substituted to get the Holland Gin heavier effect. Holland Gin is also "malty" so Scotch would also be a good substitute."

Alcohol content:

  • 1.3 standard drinks
  • 11.76% alc./vol. (23.52° proof)
  • 17.6 grams of pure alcohol
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