John Collins Whiskey Highball

November 4, 2021

The John Collins is a tasty whiskey sour drink that is perfect for any occasion. It makes an excellent everyday sipper that can be poured in just a few minutes. It is also a nice way to show off our whiskey in a simple, refreshing style.

This is, essentially, a tall version of the Whiskey Sour. Other than the soda and ice (and maybe a few tweaks here and there), the Collins and Sour are practically the same drink. This makes it very easy to remember both of these popular recipes, which all bartenders should know how to mix.

To make this drink, you’ll need the following:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Filmoore Rides Whiskey
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces club soda
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish
  • Orange slice, for garnish

First step will be to pour the whiskey, lemon juice, and syrup into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes.

Next, stir thoroughly.

Top with club soda.

Garnish with a cherry and orange slice. Serve and enjoy.


  • You can also shake this drink. To do so, secure a mixing tin on top of the glass and give the mix a quick shake prior to adding the soda

In all ‘Collins’ drinks, there are two basic options for creating the sour component.

  • Make it with fresh lemon juice ​and simple syrup as in the recipe above.
  • Replace those two ingredients with a fresh-made sour mix (or commercial sour that is available at most liquor stores).

To keep a nice balance in the drink, it really is best to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. By separating the sweet and sour, you have more control. You’ll want that, especially as you experiment with whiskeys because you can adjust the two elements to fit the liquor you’re pouring at the moment.

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