Tequila Collins

The Tequila Collins (I refuse to call it a Juan or Jose Collins, I just won’t do it) – for those times when you want something a little refreshing, but don’t feel like having gin. It gives you all of the pleasant notes you’d hope for in a warm afternoon sipper, but with the added joy of tequila.

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As I was hunting down more recipes for tequila – because, well, you know, you can never have too many – I found myself reminiscing on the simple pleasures of a Tom Collins. Whenever you order it at a bar, you’re almost always guaranteed a solidly decent drink that won’t get too muddled in translation. You can even make the lowest gin better offsetting it with the equivalent of a light lemonade.

That got me thinking, “Now, I love a good Margarita, which favors limes. That was based on the Sidecar, which has lemon as its primary citrus. If you remove the lime, add lemon, bingo bango, I think you’re golden.” As often happens, a quick search after my moment of divine inspiration showed me that I wasn’t the first person to realize this.

While I can’t take the credit, it’s still a mighty fine drink.

Tequila Collins
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Servings: 1
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • Club soda
  • Glass type: Collins
  1. Shake in iced cocktail shaker and strain into a Collins glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.