Elaborate infusions and esoteric bitters are fun, but you don’t need anything fancy to create a great cocktail. Often, easy-to-source ingredients combined in simple packages result in the best drinks. Case in point: the Tom Collins, a classic cocktail featuring gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda. The refreshing drink tastes like a spiked sparkling lemonade and is equipped with all you need to cool down on a hot day.
2 ounces London Dry gin
1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Club soda, to top
Garnish: lemon wheel
Garnish: maraschino cherry
Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a Collins glass.
Fill with ice, top with club soda and stir.
Garnish with a lemon wheel and maraschino cherry (optional).