According to Eben Klemm, The Knickerbocker’s resident cocktail curator, New Yorkers tend to avoid collins cocktails. “Whether it’s because they seem too simple, collins aren’t drunk enough,” he explains. And that’s a shame, “especially in the summertime,” adds Klemm. Why? Because the drink, a staple of Mid-century Midtown, is a delightfully refreshing blend that’s perfect for enjoying on a warm day. It’s also got multiple variations, which means it’s adaptable to individual tastes and preferences. Two of the most popular styles include the John Collins, made with dry gin or whisky, and the Tom Collins, made exclusively with gin. This summer, Klemm’s combined the two (and added some oomph to the simple drink) in his “Rake, Shovel, Hoe” cocktail.
Here’s how to make a collins cocktail as you’ve never seen it.