Friday, December 12, 2014

Tom Collins

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Day 12:

I have always wondered how this drink got it's name; I just assumed it was from the man who invented it. Well, the story behind the name is much more interesting. It came from "The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874." A man would be approached by a friend. The friend would tell the man how Tom Collins was talking sh*t about him. When the man asked who Tom Collins was & where could he be found, the friend would give the name of some bar. The man would storm off looking for Tom Collins, a person who didn't even exist. It was a popular joke in New York. You can read more about it here. I love fun historical facts.

This drink is so refreshing & non boozy tasting.

Tom Collins
2 oz gin (I used Watershed)
½ oz simple syrup*
½ oz lemon juice
Club soda, to taste

Stir gin, simple syrup, & lemon juice in stainless steel shaker filled with ice for 20-30 seconds. Pour into tall glass filled with ice & top with club soda, to taste. Garnish with lime wedge.

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Vintage Cocktails Recap:
Day 1: Maple Leaf
Day 2: Thomas & Jeremiah
Day 3: French 75
Day 4: Old Fashioned
Day 5: Bee's Knees
Day 6: Manhattan
Day 7: Gimlet
Day 8: Ward 8
Day 9: Pink Lady
Day 10: Classic Daiquiri
Day 11: Whiskey Sour

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