June 2010

Collins Cocktails

Summer is really here, and it's perfect weather for lounging on a porch or a deck and

watching the sun go down while you sip a long cool cocktail. A Collins is a fabulous summer cocktail, and it's easy to make. It's served in a Collins glass, a long tall cylinder, over ice. The various versions of a Collins are largely variations in terms of the citrus, or other flavoring, and the spirit used. The first Collins appears to have been created in the mid-1800s, and was named in honor of a nineteenth century meme visible in various newspaper and passed by word-of-mouth. Someone would approach another person, often in a bar, and say that "Tom Collins" had been bad-mouthing them.