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Time for a Drink: Tom Collins

[Photo: Jessica Leibowitz]

I'll go out on a limb here and assume it's still summer around the country--even if it doesn't feel like that where I am in Seattle, with our overcast skies and highs in the mid-60s. While I'm seething with envy at everyone with seasonally appropriate Labor Day weather, I'll offer up a true summer classic that seems custom-built for a long holiday weekend at the close of summer.

Quick Tom Collins History

The Tom Collins dates back more than a century and a half, but its welcoming crispness keeps it fresh always. So established in the libational world, the Tom Collins even has its own eponymous glass (tall, with plenty of room for ice). Over the years, the drink has faced some challenges--bottles of Holland House Collins Mix in my parents' liquor cabinet spring to mind. Was squeezing a lemon really so difficult? But successfully navigating its course from horse-and-carriage days to the digital age, the Tom Collins is built for survival. Keep some lemons and soda water on-hand this weekend and knock together a Collins in between grilling stints.

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