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The allure of the John Collins cocktail lies not only in its refined taste but also in its historical significance and adaptability. Over the decades, mixologists and cocktail enthusiasts alike have offered variations that infuse the original recipe of Tom Collins with modern twists, often experimenting with different spirits or flavor enhancements. This adaptability is a testament to the drink’s enduring charm, and its ability to evolve while retaining its core identity.
At its core, the John Collins is a marriage of contrasting dimensions, where the robustness of bourbon whiskey meets the zesty embrace of fresh lemon juice. This amalgamation presents an initial divergence of character, only to meld into a union that is far greater than the sum of its parts. The bourbon whiskey, with its deep caramel undertones and subtle oaken notes, engages in a graceful dance with the citrusy vivacity of the lemon juice. This interaction crafts a foundation that celebrates both the warmth of tradition and the vibrancy of innovation.
Yet, the secret to John Collins’ allure lies in its harmonization. The simple syrup acts as a mediator between these two dominant forces, gently weaving a tapestry of sweetness that tames the bourbon’s strength and lifts the lemon’s tang. This meticulous balance speaks to the finesse of mixology, where every element plays a crucial role, even the seemingly unassuming ones.
However, the true magic of the John Collins cocktail emerges with the addition of soda water. This effervescent touch and slightly bitter taste of the soda water, transform the drink from a mere mixture into a drinking experience. The bubbles dance upon the palate, enlivening the senses and enhancing the overall drinking experience.
60 ml bourbon whiskey
30 ml fresh lemon juice
15 ml simple syrup
60-90 ml soda water
Garnish: maraschino cherry, lemon/ orange slice.
Add bourbon, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and ice to a collins glass.
Stir gently and top with soda water.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and lemon or orange slice.