The Sugar Free Tom Collins Cocktail is as refreshing as it is delicious. This beauty, first written about back in 1876 by the famous bartender, Jerry Thomas, has a little history behind it.
It’s believed that Jerry Thomas based this drink of the Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874, which is described on wikipedia. Here is an excerpt:
“In 1874, people in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere in the United States would start a conversation with “Have you seen Tom Collins?” After the listener predictably reacts by explaining that they did not know a Tom Collins, the speaker would assert that Tom Collins was talking about the listener to others and that Tom Collins was “just around the corner”, “in a [local] bar,” or somewhere else near. The conversation about the nonexistent Tom Collins was a proven hoax of exposure. In The Great Tom Collins hoax of 1874, as it became known, the speaker would encourage the listener to act foolishly by reacting to patent nonsense that the hoaxer deliberately presents as reality. In particular, the speaker desired the listener to become agitated at the idea of someone talking about them to others such that the listener would rush off to find the purportedly nearby Tom Collins.”
There are also many other Collins permutations, where the gin is replaced be a variety of alcohols, anything from Irish Whiskey, Applejack, Cognac, or even Tequila. We did not sample any of these different drinks, though if you do, let us know what you think!
A brief note about the picture below… The Sugar Free Tom Collins should be served in a Collins Glass. However, we did not have any available so we substituted a regular Double Old Fashioned glass. Just as tasty, but be careful not to use too much soda water due to the extra volume available in the glass.
The Sugar Free Tom Collins
- 1 oz Sugar Free Simple Syrup
- 1 oz ReaLemon
- Soda water (to top off)
- 2 oz Gin
- 1 tspn Splenda
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters*
*The Angostura is not part of the regular recipe, but something we added to give the Sugar Free Tom Collins a little extra flavor. It turned out really wonderfully and we highly recommend it! However, the bitters are completely optional.
Add the Simple Syrup, the lemon, splenda, and gin to a shaker cup with ice (and Angostura, if you like). Cap it and give it a few shakes until the cup gets cold. Add more ice to the glass, then strain the contents of the shaker into the glass. Now top with soda water. Give it a little stir, and done!
The Sugar Free Tom Collins is very refreshing and easy to make! Enjoy! (Responsibly)