It’s Cocktail O’Clock! How to make a Tom Collins

Published by Tamara Harrison - 29th Nov 2018

To celebrate the launch of Naked’s first spirit, Jock Harvey’s Skinny Finn Gin, we went straight to the source for some tips on how to enjoy it. In Jock’s own words:

  • It is a very soft and gentle gin with a delicate mouthfeel and perfumed aromatics.
  • Because it is only 37% ABV it is one of the few gins that most drinkers will enjoy on its own!
  • It was made by distilling wine rather than making a neutral clean spirit so there is some complexity.
  • A small percentage of grain spirit which contains the very important oils that give a lovely smooth mouthfeel.

Jock’s tips for drinking Skinny Finn gin

  • Over rocks with a piece of orange, lemon or lime peel.
  • A gin and tonic with lots of ice but a high-quality tonic like Fever Tree. A strong tonic like Schweppes will just taste like tonic.
  • Cocktails: A Tom Collins, Martini or Singapore Sling (a little more complicated but it’s a great looking drink!)


We thought we’d have a bit of fun here at Naked HQ. Briee & Emily jumped at the chance to step away from their desks to make Jock’s first suggested cocktail – a Tom Collins. Watch the video below to see how to make this refreshing summer cocktail.

How to make a Tom Collins gin cocktail

The Tom Collins is a cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. First memorialized in writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, the “father of American mixology”, this drink is typically served in a Collins glass over ice. A “Collins mix” can be bought premixed at stores and enjoyed alone or with gin. (Source: Wikipedia)

  • Main alcohol: Gin
  • Ingredients: 1 oz (2 parts) Freshly squeezed lemon juice, MORE
  • Preparation: Mix the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a tall glass with ice, top up with soda water, garnish and serve.
  • Served: On the rocks; poured over ice
  • Standard garnish: Lemon slice, Maraschino cherry
  • Drinkware: Collins glass