Smoked John Collins Bourbon Whisky

A smoked John Collins is a tasty bourbon 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 your favourite whisky in simple, refreshing style.

This is, essentially, a tall version of the Whisky 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.

You really cannot go wrong with any bourbon in the John Collins. Choose your favourite or go with one with a big, bold flavour.


  • 1 1/2 ounces whisky (bourbon)

  • 1 ounce lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 2​ ounces ​club soda

  • Garnish: ​​maraschino cherry

  • Garnish: ​orange slice

Instructions - using a board

Burn the wood block with a torch for a few seconds until you have a little smoke. Next, place the glass over the burnt wood for a few minutes. Pour the bourbon, lemon juice, and syrup into a shaker filled with ice cubes. Stir or share thoroughly. Strain the cocktail into a Collins glass, top the cocktail with club soda and garnish with a cherry and orange slice.

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.

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