Jon Collins (Joshua Bohnsack)

Similar to the Tom Collins, the sibling drink, Jon Collins is made with whiskey instead of gin, but still mixes in lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda to make a refreshing cocktail perfect for any occasion. It makes an excellent everyday sipper that can be poured in just a few minutes. Serve with straws.

2 oz. whiskey

1 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. simple syrup

2 oz. club soda

maraschino cherry

orange slice

Combine whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a Collins glass. Add ice, club soda, stir. You can also float more whiskey on top for a layer effect, as well as to strengthen the drink. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

You came to the bar and said, make me something. I asked if you like whiskey.

You said, not really.

I said, too bad.

You drank the cocktail and said you’d had a bad night.

I said, I’m sorry, and you asked, why are you sorry, and I said, I guess I don’t know.


Joshua Bohnsack is the author of Shift Drink (Spork Press) and his work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, SAND, and others. He is an editor for TriQuarterly and Long Day Press. He grew up on a farm then moved to Chicago.