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John Collins cocktail

The John Collins cocktail makes fantastic use of not-so-special bourbon whiskey. It turns out by adding some lemon juice, a little sugar and some carbonation, you can turn it into a very tasty cocktail.

John Collins cocktail with fruit garnish

This is an ideal drink for cooling down on a hot day, especially one spent out of doors. It also goes surprisingly well with a lot of meals, since the dominant note is simply lemon.


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 3 ounces club soda

Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes. Pour in the bourbon, lemon juice and sugar and shake well. Fill a collins glass most of the way with ice cubes and strain the mixture into it. Pour in the club soda and stir. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.