This is not your typical Tom Collins. Kelly, our Digital Content Editor and cocktail genius, adds Aperol, which contributes a hint of bitterness and gives the drink a lovely colour. To be the world's most loved party host, you could size up this recipe to fill a pitcher, and let guests fill their glasses with ice and add the club soda on their own. 

Makes 1 cocktail


75ml London Dry gin
35ml Aperol
30ml lemon juice
5ml (1 tsp) caster sugar
90-100ml cold club soda
1 orange slice, 1 cocktail cherry, for garnish


  1. Measure gin, Aperol, lemon juice and sugar into a mixing glass
  2. Add ice, close shaker and shake vigorously
  3. Strain over fresh ice cubes in a 325-350ml Collins or long drink glass
  4. Top with club soda and garnish with orange slice and cherry

BK Tips

  • A chilled glass keeps ice cubes from melting too quickly
  • Use a toothpick, small skewer, or even a small piece of dry spaghetti to hold the garnish together
  • This drink is strong, so sip with reverence and enjoy