Ingredients: 2 oz. red berry flavored gin, 1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice, 0.5 oz. simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, boiled until the sugar dissolves), club soda
Directions: Shake lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin in a shaker with ice, strain into tall ice-filled glass. Top with club soda and stir with a bar spoon.
Basically sparkling lemonade with gin… and what’s wrong with that? The T-Coll has been around since at least the 1870s, and it’s survived not only the passage of time but also the fate of having a truly lousy bottled mix made for it. The only way to make (and drink) a proper Tom Collins is with fresh squeezed lemon juice; if it came out of a bottle or it was in powdered form, trash it and start over. The tart-but-sweet flavor of red berry gin harmonizes with the lemon juice like an alcoholic Boyz II Men.