Tom Collins


Tom Col·​lins ˈtäm-ˈkä-lənz How to pronounce Tom Collins (audio)
: a collins with a base of gin

Examples of Tom Collins in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other potential legal challenges could be raised, said Tom Collins, executive director of the Clean Elections Commission. The Arizona Republic, 29 Mar. 2024 What to drink: The menu is packed with classic cocktails, from the airmail to the Tom Collins by way of the Brown Derby, Corpse Reviver No. 2, Last Word and Siesta. Fritz Hahn, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Gretta had a herd of Pekingese, all of them named after drinks—Julep and Gimlet and Paloma and Tom Collins—all of them stinky and obese and half blind with cataracts except for the youngest, Mai Tai, who was small and springy, with bright eyes and a coat as soft and white as rabbit fur. Aryn Kyle, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 The menu includes classic drinks like Tom Collins, Bee’s Knees and Rob Roy, for example. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 20 Feb. 2024 Hill died due to cancer in 2016 at age 94. 06 Jesse L. Martin (Ed Green) Jesse L. Martin first established his acting chops by playing Tom Collins in the original production of Rent (1996). Chris Snellgrove,, 18 Jan. 2024 Lemon juice was for sour-style drinks, like the Whiskey Smash or Tom Collins. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 20 Jan. 2024 Over the decades, though, vodka started to Single White Female gin, ultimately replacing it in its own friend circle: The Tom Collins, always a gin drink, now morphs into the Vodka Collins. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 16 Dec. 2023 The first is that called for by name in many of the early recipes for drinks like the Martinez, the Ramos Gin Fizz, the Tom Collins, and of course, the Casino. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 2 Dec. 2023

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Word History


from the name Tom Collins

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tom Collins was circa 1909

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“Tom Collins.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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