Food Recipes Real Simple's Most Refreshing Two-Ingredient Tom Collins Recipe 4.7 (3) 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. By Betty Gold Betty Gold Betty Gold is a food writer and editor with more than a decade’s experience working on titles such as Food Network Magazine, Bon Appetit, and Good Housekeeping. She is the former senior digital food editor at Real Simple and is currently overseeing all food and nutritional content for Well+Good as senior food editor. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on September 2, 2022 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Getty Images Hands On Time: 5 mins Total Time: 5 mins Yield: 4 serves Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 ½ cups lemon soda (such as Sanpellegrino Limonata) ¾ cup gin lemon slices and fresh basil sprigs, for garnish Directions In a large pitcher, combine the soda and gin. Serve over ice. Garnish each glass with lemon slices and basil sprigs. Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 160 Calories 14g Carbs Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.