Here’s a fabulous cocktail recipe based on one of the most famous gin drinks of all time. Introducing the Ginger Tom. But before we share the recipe, we thought it would be a good idea to check out the heritage and history of this delicious drink.
The Cat’s Whiskers
The Ginger Tom is one of a family of gin cocktails that have all derived from a common source: the Tom Collins.
The original Tom Collins drink actually started its life as a John Collins. Apparently, John was a waiter at the infamous Limmer’s Old House in London’s Mayfair. The drink itself dates back as far as 1876, when it was first served by John in its original format.
The original classic began as a simple recipe that combined gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar and soda water. Served in a tall glass (now known as a Collins glass) it was traditionally topped off with a maraschino cherry.
Since those early days, more than 18 variations on the Collins theme have evolved as tastes and ingredients changed over the years. But the original Tom Collins remains one of the all time classics.
The Ginger Tom
With all that choice available, it’s always hard to pick a favourite family member, but the Ginger Tom stands out.
It was adapted in 2003 from a standard Tom Collins recipe by legendary bartender, Jamie Terrell from Lab, London.
Since then it has become the stuff of gin legend! It’s full of fiery warmth and citrus sweetness. And the good news is that it’s really easy to make at home using common ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
So, what’s in this delicious drink? Let’s take a look.
The Ginger Tom cocktail recipe
What do I need?
The first thing you need to do is to find a Collins glass (although any tall, skinny glass will do!) Then get your hands on some sliced root ginger and choose your gin (we recommend an Old Tom, of course!) The only other things you’ll need are simple syrup, lime juice and some freshly opened soda water. Sparkling mineral water will work just as well.
Here’s how easy it is to make this gorgeous drink:
- Two slices of root ginger
- 2 shots of Old Tom gin (or your preferred choice)
- 1 shot of freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/2 shot of rich simple syrup (2 sugar:1 water)
- Soda water
- Muddle the ginger in the base of a cocktail shaker
- Add two shots of gin
- Squeeze in fresh lime juice
- Add two shots of simple syrup
- Shake with ice and “fine strain” into a Collins glass
- Top up with a premium soda water
- Garnish it with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick
- Sit back and raise a glass to Tom, John and Jamie for creating this divine concoction
Sometimes the sequel can be even better than the original!
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
Don’t forget to follow us on our facebook community page to join in the gin discussion.
- Khao San gin: a fiery trip back to ThailandKhao San Gin – the spirit of South East Asia and named after a street I remember well. It was many years ago now when I flew to Thailand to meet my girlfriend. She’d been backpacking across Asia for 6 months. I’d heard her saying how she had been dreaming of hot showers and clean … Continued
- The Ruddles Report: February 2021 Gin NewsRuddles has been at it again. As the hairy “face” of Barcelona Gin, he’s very easy to like – and his opinions carry weight. He’s lent his marketing power to a few Barcelona Gin posts recently and every time, they beat all our records for engagement. We think he’s our secret weapon. That’s why, in … Continued
- Gin Sea: born in London, raised in SpainGin Sea’s 5-times distilled base spirit is sourced from England and imported directly to Manuel Barrientos’ little gin project in Galicia. All the best gins start with the best ingredients and this is no exception. It’s the highest quality neutral grain spirit around and is sourced overseas before a touch of Galician magic is added … Continued
- The Ginger Tom: a spicy twist on a cocktail classicHere’s a fabulous cocktail recipe based on one of the most famous gin drinks of all time. Introducing the Ginger Tom. But before we share the recipe, we thought it would be a good idea to check out the heritage and history of this delicious drink. The Cat’s Whiskers The Ginger Tom is one of … Continued