Real Simple's Most Refreshing Two-Ingredient Tom Collins Recipe


A single sip and you'll realize why Tom Collins has been called one of the best classic cocktails for centuries. It's strong, refreshing, and effortless to make. Most recipes for Tom Collins cocktails use four ingredients—gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda—but we cut it down to just two by swapping lemon soda for the simple syrup, carbonated water, and lemon juice. Mix the gin with the soda in a 1:2 ratio over ice, and serve in a highball glass (a must) with a lemon wedge and basil leaf garnish.

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Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
4 serves


  • 2 ½ cups lemon soda (such as Sanpellegrino Limonata)

  • ¾ cup gin

  • lemon slices and fresh basil sprigs, for garnish


  1. In a large pitcher, combine the soda and gin. Serve over ice. Garnish each glass with lemon slices and basil sprigs.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

160 Calories
14g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 160
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Total Sugars 14g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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