Where a Sour Meets a Fizz

The collins is a classic cocktail with a confusing past. The original was named for its creator, John Collins, who worked as a bartender in a London hotel during the early 19th century. His recipe, which combines dry gin, lemon juice, sugar, and club soda, is identical to a fizz, except that it is served in a tall collins-style glass with an orange wheel or cherry garnish. It’s also closely tied to the sour, but includes club soda.

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