The Tom Collins was invented in London around 1860. It was at the Limmers Hotel. Conduit street Hanover Square, Mayfair London
Pronounced Cundit street, I went there in 2004 to see what stood there now. Limmers was long gone I’m afraid. I just found a hairdresser where a haircut was £80
While Mayfair is highbrow now, Limmers was the shittiest hotel in London and a joke limerick followed the drink…
My name is John Collins, head-waiter at Limmer’s,
The corner of Conduit Street, Hanover Square;
My chief occupation is filling of brimmers,
To solace young gentlemen laden with care.
It was named Tom Collins as it was made with Old Tom Gin by head waiter John Collins
By 1874 Jerry Thomas had returned from London and introduced the drink to America. What followed was “The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874”. Tom Collins was turned into a fictional character who was the center of a practical joke. When you met a friend at a bar, you’d say ‘Have you seen Tom Collins? He was just here bad-mouthing you. I heard he’s around the corner (at another bar)’ The idea was simply to trick your friend. Several newspapers in the US added fuel the practical fire by printing fictitious stories about Tom Collins.
It is essentially a 4 ingredient gin Punch without spice
60ml Plymouth Gin
20ml lemon juice
10ml Sugar syrup
Top with soda water
P.S. I left Mayfair with messy hair and found a £10 barber near my place in a lovely part of London called Tottenham Hale