Most Popular Iowa Cocktail Is the Tom Collins


Groupon of all people ranked the most popular cocktails state by state. They have determined that the Tom Collins is Iowa's most popular cocktail. I don't know about you, but i've never had one! Have you?

But I do have a funny story about the Tom Collins. Years ago, I was at Lake of the Ozarks. I was out a ways from my friends. At a boat next to ours, they were playing "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood. As I swam closer, I heard my friends having a conversation. They were saying, "I'm not sure what's in a Phil Collins." I said, "Girls. That's Steve Winwood playing and it's a Tom Collins, not a Phil Collins!"

Wow, did I really just blog that? I never said I wasn't a dork!

Anyway, the most popular cocktails for our neighboring states are Margarita for Illinois and Mojito for Nebraska and Missouri.

Here is how you make a Tom Collins. . .

2 ounces London Dry Gin

1 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce of simple syrup

club soda

garnish: lemon wedge & cherry

Put the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a collins glass. Add ice. Top with club soda and garnish.