How to Make a John Collins Cocktail

The John Collins cocktail drink is a perfect summer afternoon delight. The drink looks and tastes refreshing mainly because of its sour flavours.

The John Collins cocktail is made by making use of sour bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup and club soda which is further topped up and garnished with the help of orange slices and cherry. There are several other types of Collins cocktails including Tom Collins, Juan Collins and Vodka Collins and all of these Collins cocktails are very popular, and are slightly different from each other in terms of taste and ingredients.

You can make two further variations of John Collins cocktail; one option is to use fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup, while the second option is to replace both of these ingredients with fresh sour mix which can easily be found in all super markets.

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Utensils: Large Collins glass, stir stick for thorough stirring

Total servings: One serving

Ingredients required:

– 1-1/2 ounces of sour bourbon
– 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
– ½ ounce of sugar syrup
– Club soda for topping
– One maraschino cherry for garnishing
– One orange slice for garnishing
– Ice cubes as required


  • 1

    Take Collins glass and add sour bourbon in it along with fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup.

  • 2

    Stir the drink briefly with the help of a stir stick.

  • 3

    Now add ice cubes in the drink and stir properly again.

  • 4

    Top up the drink with club soda as required and then garnish the drink with cherry and orange slice.

  • 5

    Your refreshing Collins cocktail is ready to serve.

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