Made for us by: Karla Scott at Monihan's Speakeasy Lounge, Renaissance Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St.
The Tom Collins is the antidote to the gin and tonic rut that makes each evening taste just like the last. Named after a man (though no one can say exactly who), the sweet tart taste should suit the pucker of a socialite sweetheart, too. Sip the drink, savor the cherry, sparkle like the ice in your glass. You'll stand out from the lime wedge crowd and will have fun doing it.
Recipe: Two shots of Gordon's gin, 1ounces lemon juice, 2 ounces simple syrup. Serve in a highball glass, over ice, garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Insider tip: Des Moines does the Tom Collins a little differently, according to Karla. Our regional tweak on the classic cocktail is to add grenadine - an alteration that sweetens the drink, not to mention makes it pink.
Who would order it: Your New England-born Junior League girl crush.
Ordering a Tom Collins says: You're a traditionalist with a sweet tooth. You own more than one suit and work the room with your smile. You know that cocktail etiquette dictates you don't eat a citrus wedge, but you throw rules to the wayside when it comes to cherries.