Last Updated on June 11, 2023 by Leah Hall
This Whiskey Collins is full of great flavors with fresh lemon juice and blackberries! Makes a great spring and summer sipper in a highball!
A Whiskey Collins is based on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, but this cocktail uses whiskey in place of gin. We paired whiskey with blackberries, and adding fresh lemon juice brings a bright citrus burst to the cocktail. Similar to the Blackberry Bourbon Fizz, this drink is less sweet, but showcases the blackberries.
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When it comes to spring and summer cocktails, drinking in season doesn’t mean giving up dark spirits in the warmer months. Whiskey can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails like a peach mint julep, whiskey smash, Tropical Delight and Lavender Old Fashioned.
Why is the Original Drink called Tom Collins or John Collins?
The Tom Collins started with using an Old Tom Gin, as it was in a lot of gin punches in London at the time. But John Collins, the head waiter at Limmer’s Old House in Mayfair who invented it, used gin, lemon, simple syrup and club soda, but used the name Tom from the Old Tom Gin. It is figured to be from the 1850s, as it appears in the Steward and Barkeeper’s Manuel of 1869.
In Jerry Thomas’s 1876 recipe it is referred to as a John Collins made with whiskey instead of Gin. So, it can be a little confusing, but a Collins is always served in a highball glass, and has the lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda in all, no matter what the base spirit is.
So, the John Collins is basically a whiskey sour drink in a tall glass that is perfect for any occasion, especially when it’s warm. It makes an excellent everyday sipper that can be made quickly. It is also a great way to show off your favorite whiskey or bourbon in a simple but refreshing way!
You really cannot go wrong with any whiskey in the Whiskey Collins. Choose your favorite one, or even one with a bigger and bolder flavor, as the blackberries can stand up to it! They bring a fresh fruit flavor to this drink and very much play well together with the whiskey or bourbon.
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Other Collins Recipes
- Strawberry Collins – Caroline’s Cooking
- Rum Collins – Flour Child
- Elderflower Collins – The Gin Observer
A Whiskey Collins is a great choice as a spring cocktail. This Blackberry Whiskey Collins uses fresh fruit to bring great flavors to this drink.
- 4 blackberries
- .75 ounce simple syrup
- .75 ounce lemon juice
- 1.50 ounces whiskey
- 2 ounces club soda
- Muddle 3 of the blackberries wih syrup in the bottom of a shaker.
- Add in lemon juice and whiskey, along with ice.
- Double strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice, or a whole ice ball.
- Top with club soda and garnish with a blackberry if desired.
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