Meaning of Tom Collins in English:

Tom Collins

Pronunciation /ˌtɒm ˈkɒlɪnz/


  • A cocktail made from gin mixed with soda, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.

    count noun ‘the tuxedoed ushers carried trays of martinis and Tom Collinses’
    • ‘And if I have the time, I muddle lemons when I make drinks such as a Tom Collins instead of using lemon juice and simple syrup - it results in a much ‘brighter’ drink.’
    • ‘At the end of the day, he relaxes with a cocktail like a Tom Collins, but he adds herbs and fruits with healthy phytochemicals to the alcoholic drink.’
    • ‘Shout up a Tom Collins or a Gin Gimlet, listen to chilled-out unpretentious tunes filtered through hidden house speakers, and imagine you are in your own living room.’
    • ‘May I suggest a Tom Collins, which I cut my teeth on.’
    • ‘Strangely, the recipe for a Tom Collins isn't revealed during the course of the interview, leaving us with only one possible conclusion: he is a bore at a cocktail party.’
    • ‘No one quite knows why a Tom Collins is so called.’
    • ‘Josh leaned back against the mirrored wall before ordering a Tom Collins.’
    • ‘And if you're in the neighborhood, do stop by for a Tom Collins.’
    • ‘You can stick the probe in the meat, set the thing to beep you when it hits the right temperature, and toddle off to the deck with a Tom Collins.’
    • ‘I also like a Tom Collins if the bartender seems capable.’


Sometimes said to have been named after a 19th-century London bartender.