I’m sure you’ve heard of, maybe even had, a Tom Collins. But have you ever tried a Rum Collins? It’s a light rum based twist on a classic cocktail.
What is a Rum Collins?
A Rum Collins is a rum based member of the Collins family of drinks. Other notable entries are the Rum Lime Collins, the Tequila or Juan Collins, and of course, most famously, the Tom Collins.
The Collins drinks, as far as we know, date back to the mid 1800’s. Not a lot of records were kept for drinks back then but historians believe the Tom Collins was introduced in New York City in the 1850s. There is a bit of a dispute that the origin city may have been St. Louis.
What Is In A Rum Collins?
Like all Collins cocktails, it has simple syrup (or sugar), soda water, lemon juice, and then your chosen liquor. In the case of a Rum Collins it is, obviously, rum.
The ingredients are mixed together and served over ice in a Collins, or highball, glass.
This drink is easy to make and very refreshing. It’s a nice escape for those that may prefer the taste of rum to gin.
Let’s learn how to make one, shall we?
How to make this drink:
This recipe could not be any easier. Start out with a highball glass and let’s go.
Add some ice to your highball glass.
Measure out 2 oz of your light rum and pour it into the glass.
Next, pour in your lemon juice and simple syrup. Fresh lemon juice is best but you can also use bottled lemon juice.
Top off your dink with some soda water.
Stir with a bar spoon or tumble from one glass to another to make sure the liquor is mixed and not sitting on the bottom.
Garnish with a lemon or lime wedge, or a few maraschino cherries. Sit back and enjoy!
- highball glass
- bar spoon
- (Optional) Mixing tumbler
- 2 oz light rum
- 4 oz club soda/soda water
- 1 oz lemon juice
- ¾ oz simple syrup
- 1 lemon or lime wedge garnish
- maraschino cherries
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of rum
- Add 1 oz of lemon juice
- Add ¾ simple syrup
- Top off with soda water (approximately 4 oz)
- Stir gently with bar spoon or pour into tumbler and back to glass
- Garnish with lemon or lime wedge and maraschino cherries