Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A drink consisting of gin, lemon or lime juice, carbonated water, and sugar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cocktail containing containing gin, lemon juice, sugar, and a splash of soda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A drink made of gin and club-soda and lemon or lime-juice, and sweetened.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tall iced drink of liquor (usually gin) with fruit juice

Etymologies

From the name Tom Collins.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a phrase popular in 19th-century New York, "Have you seen Tom Collins?", used to trick the speaker into thinking that somebody was gossiping about them, and elicit an aggressive reaction. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now, one might think that making a Tom Collins is a rather simple affair -- lemon juice, sugar, gin and soda water on the rocks in a highball glass.

    No Night Train Express for These Rail Buffs

  • The Tom Collins was my introduction to casual drinking.

    One Bright Star (1B*) Reignited

  • The chef coats have become trendy as classic vintage cocktails, such as Tom Collins and Manhattans, have regained popularity, burnishing the image of the bartender as a creative figure.

    Honing Your Fashion Sense

  • Down the block, or rather, down the boardwalk, the new and rather chic Ocean House will be the setting for the Miami Art Museum's showing, where director Tom Collins is hosting a dinner for two of Art Basel's "it" artists, Rashaad Newsome and Faith Ringgold.

    Michael Cohen: Art Basel: Everything But The Art

  • With a quarter hour her repertoire included Rob Roy, Sidecar, Sloe Gin Fizz, Tom Collins and Comm Collins, with vodka, so named by Russkie-hating Uncle Nick, and prettiest of all, Harvey Wallbanger, a froth as creamy yellow as the egg custard her mother whipped up for her when she was recovering from flu.

    Radium

  • Jelly Shot Test Kitchen Grape Ape jelly shots have a mixture of grape-flavored vodka, Tom Collins mix and lemon lime soda, with an optional creamy layer.

    Making Gelatin Cool Again

  • "There are a couple of people we hate," joked Nicholas Christopher, who plays Tom Collins.

    Bohemia or Bushwick

  • Brooklyn's Finest Tom Collins mixes Brooklyn Gin with a dash of honey in place of the traditional sugar in a tall, green-striped glass.

    Serious About Cocktails

  • Tom Collins said the media tour of the military's medium-security prison at Fort Leavenworth would show the conditions under which the Army holds Manning as he undergoes further evaluation.

    Army stages Leavenworth prison tour

  • An Army spokesman, Col. Tom Collins, said McChrystal, 55, notified the service of his plans on Monday but has not yet submitted formal retirement papers.

    McChrystal to retire from Army

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