The first reference to this classic mash up of citrus, sugar and soda was in the 1876 edition of the Bar-tenders guide by Jerry Thomas.
This close cousin to the Tom Colins can also be made with an egg white to deliver a creamy texture and a foamy head.
We love to make this with 1000 Piers Blueberry Gin which provides an elegant twist to this classic.
2 OZ 1000 PIERS BLUEBERRY GIN
1/2 OZ FRESH SQUEEZED LEMON JUICE
1 OZ SIMPLE SYRUP
EGG WHITE (OPTIONAL)
BLUEBERRIES AND LEMON WHEEL
Pour the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup over ice and stir, top up with soda water and garnish with lemon and blueberries. If using an egg white put all the ingredients bar the soda water into a shaker and dry shake for 30 seconds. Add ice and shake again until chilled Pour into a Collins glass and top with soda water and garnish.