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How to Make a John Collins Cocktail: Classic John Collins Recipe

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 30, 2020 • 1 min read

The John Collins is similar to its more famous sibling, the Tom Collins cocktail, except it’s made with bourbon whiskey instead of gin. Any type of bourbon complements the lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda well, so choose your favorite and enjoy this classic cocktail.



John Collins Cocktail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
4 min
Total Time
4 min


  • 1 ½ ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • 1 orange slice or lemon slice, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry, for garnish
  1. Fill a Collins glass or highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
  3. Stir all the ingredients together.
  4. Fill the rest of the glass with soda water.
  5. Garnish using the orange slice (or lemon slice) and maraschino cherry.

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