Refreshing Fridays: Have You Seen Tom Collins?

- Melanie Zieba,

Statistically speaking, when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, momentum its typically lost around the 14th of January. This is also true for Kiwi Collection and Refreshing Fridays is back on the adult drinking regimen with the delicious classic, Tom Collins.

tom-collins-drinkThere are a few different legends about how the Tom Collins got its name but the most popular once is known as The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874.  This prank took over New York, Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States where a conversation would start with “Have you seen Tom Collins?” Predictably the listener would say “no” and the prankster would go on to tell you he just overheard someone named Tom Collins at a bar down the street saying hateful and libelous things about you. You race to that bar to confront the bounder, where you would be told that Tom Collins had just left for a bar several blocks away. As you chase all over the city to find him, your friends convulse with laughter. This joke went so far that even several newspapers propagated the successful joke by printing stories containing false sightings of Tom Collins.

Get in on the fun and make your own Tom Collins:

-2 oz Gin
-1oz  fresh squeezed lemon juice
-1 tsp. of super fine sugar
-3 oz Club soda

Mix gin, lemon juice and sugar in a Collins glass filled with ice and top it off with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice, maraschino cherry and serve.

Some of the best hotels in the USA to get a great Tom Collins:


The Standard, New York:
Perfect for shopping, sightseeing, and enjoying a relaxing all-American drink, The Standard New York is where you’ll get excellent views of the city. Our favorite suite is the Empire Suite – the wall to floor windows face onto Midtown and Greenwich Village. Wow!


Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago:
One of the windy city’s biggest icons, nothing says “Chicago” like the Trump International Hotel and Tower. Stay here if you’re a foodie, a business leader (or both), and be sure to ask them for their Tom Collins. It won’t disappoint.


Jumeirah Essex House:
A New York icon, Jumeirah Essex House is an art deco masterpiece from 1931. This is a great place to stay if you want to be right on Central Park – and, of course, Jumeirah Essex House makes for an excellent place to enjoy a traditional Tom Collins.


Sundance Resort:
Known as one of Utah’s leading resorts, Sundance Resort offers a world of outdoor adventure. Set along the beautiful Wasatch mountain range guests will enjoy the quietude here that is a welcomed contrast to the normal bustle found at most Utah ski resorts. And if you are heading down for the Sundance Film Festival this year from January 21-31, 2010 be sure to take advantage of their Film Fest package where if you book 4 or more nights in one of their mountain cottages you’ll get 8 tickets to film screenings at Sundance Village, 2 tickets to film screenings in Park City and 2 Festival credentials!


Acqualina Resort & Spa On The Beach:
What could be better than a Tom Collins then at the Acqualina Resort & Spa On the Beach which is located on Collins Ave. in Sunny Isle Beach, Florida? This luxury coastal hotel is the perfect place for lovers of world-class golf, fine dining, fabulous shopping and beautiful white sandy beaches. Relax and indulge with their pool side reflexology treatments or let loose at the great nearby nightlife.


Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay:
There’s no better escape from the winter than a trip to Hawaii, and one of the best places to stay on Lana’I is the Four Seasons Resort Lana’I at Menele Bay. Here, you’ll get gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean on an almost 100% private island.


The Lodge at Glendorn:
Like taking a step back in time, the Lodge at Glendorn is set amounts beautiful densely forested hills along a trout filled brook in northwestern Pennsylvania. Inspired by the love of the outdoors, each redwood cabin is luxuriously rustic complete with wood burning fireplaces and perfectly decorated to give you that forest hideout feel. Set with an award winning culinary team and a philosophy to use only the finest of ingredients, Gelndorn meals are sure to excite.


The Phoenician:
No trip to Phoenix is complete without a stay in Scottsdale. This upscale neighborhood is filled with stunning scenery, rich colors and textures and, of course, The Phoenician – a great 654-room hotel that’s geared towards golfers.


Sé San Diego:
A Tom Collins is sure to put you in a celebratory mood, especially when the luxurious Se San Diego is celebrating its first year anniversary! Just minutes away from the beach with warm West Coast/Asian- inspired design, a fabulous spa, world-class cuisine and recipient as one of Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot Hotels” this luxury hotel is the perfect starting point to discover all that San Diego has to offer.


Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann:
Perfect for New Yorker’s looking for a quick escape to Connecticut, Homestead Inn is one of the best places to stay in the area, especially if you’re in to stunning design and equally stunning cuisine. These guys just “get it”. How will their Tom Collins compare? You’ll have to stay there to find out.


Hotel Granduca:
Located in Houston’s trendy Uptown are this luxury boutique created by Giorgio Borlenghi will transport you to old-world Italy inspired by the Renaissance life of the Granduca of Monfallito. Hotel Granduca’s spacious rooms feature original Italian art, 400-count Italian linins and large walk-in closet. And if you’d like a little more Italy with your stay, discover the unique flavors of Ristorante Cavour for some fabulous Northern Italian cuisine with a French accent.


Fairmont Battery Wharf:
Set along the waterfront ins Boston’s first neighborhood, the Fairmont Battery Wharf is steeped in over 300 years of history and just steps away from amazing attractions like the Institute of Contemporary Art, Freedom Trail and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. And after a long day exploring this luxury hotel brings you a unforgettable culinary journey at their restaurant Sensing offering eclectic, artfully designed dishes.


Palace Hotel, San Francisco:
An icon of San Francisco, Palace Hotel was rebuilt in 1909 after being destroyed by the great earthquake of 1906. We can’t think of a better American icon than this great, traditional hotel. Enjoy this hotel’s grand rooms and common spaces while sipping on a traditional Tom Collins.

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  1. These are some amazing hotels in the USA, true meaning of style, comfort and structure can be seen in either of the hotels. My personal favorite is the Sundance resort. You can only sit in amazement and stare at their lengths of beauty and architecture.