Ten ‘quite interesting’ facts about cocktails

19th October, 2017 by Michael J Ritchie

The Tom Collins is the result of a 19th century hoax

The Tom Collins only exists because of a Victorian-era hoax. In 1874, in New York, people on a night out would discover that a man called Tom Collins had been going around the town slandering them. While no one knew who he was, they were furious their names were being besmirched and set about to find the scoundrel.

The pranksters seemed to take pleasure in seeing innocent people run around to find the non-existent Tom Collins, but bars came up with the idea of giving the name to a long citrus cocktail so that there would be some reward for asking for a Tom Collins.

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