The John Collins Cocktail: Tom Collins’ Whiskey Brother

You’ve probably heard of a Tom Collins cocktail, but how about a John Collins? A John Collins cocktail is a variation of the Tom Collins that swaps out gin for bourbon whiskey. Here’s how to make a John Collins.

John Collins Cocktail Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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Difficulty: Easy


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The John Collins is a refreshing cocktail made with bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda, served over ice.


  • 2 oz Bourbon Whiskey

  • 1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup

  • Club Soda (to top up)

  • Lemon Slice And Cherry Garnish


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces of bourbon, 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 0.5 ounces of simple syrup.
  • Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled glass filled with ice.
  • Top up with club soda.
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry.

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TIP: Swap out the whiskey for vodka and you’ve got yourself a Vodka Collins!

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