An old favorite (circa 1867), the Tom Collins was created by Jerry Thomas, the father of American Mixology. He's kind of a big deal. This lemonade and gin combination is an easy-drinking option for any occasion.
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What's cooler than a cocktail created by James Bond himself? (Answer: nothing.) Making its debut in Casino Royale, this drink melds a clean, refreshing taste with a subtle, sweet kick. A word to the wise, this is a large drink, so you may want to share this mission with a friend.
The classic Gimlet is typically served with gin although more and more people are ordering a Vodka Gimlet as the flavor is a bit more smooth. If you're a fan of making vodka drinks like this at home we suggest storing your vodka in the freezer to keep it primed for mixing.
The history of this drink dates back to the British occupancy of India. Soldiers were given quinine to fight malaria. The taste of the medicine on its own was not palatable so soldiers would commonly mix it with sugar, water, and some of their gin ration. The classic cocktail was born. A refreshing and light flavored drink, it's still one of the world's most common and popular cocktails.
This cocktail became popular around the end of the Spanish American war, the name Cuba Libre translates to "Free Cuba". It's basically a rum and coke with the addition of fresh lime juice. Easy and refreshing.