Juan Collins Cocktail Drink

Juan Collins

This Juan Collins recipe is your ticket to a delightful drink! It’s simple to make and packed with fresh flavors.

Juan Collins Recipe

This simple Juan Collins recipe will brighten your spring! With Tequila, Lime juice, agave syrup, and soda water, this cocktail brings a refreshing touch to the season.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

204 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz agave syrup
  • 3-4 oz Soda Water
  • Lime slice or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Pour ¾ oz agave syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Then, using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the shaken drink into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top off with approx. 3-4 oz Soda Water, adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish: Garnish a lime zest or slice and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're looking for a twist on this cocktail or simply are out of Tequila, you can use mezcal as a substitute. Mezcal is another type of agave spirit, often carrying smoky flavors, that will work just great in this cocktail.
  • Fresh lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Agave Syrup: If you don't have agave syrup or nectar, you can use honey syrup as a natural sweetener (dissolve 2 parts honey into 1 part hot water). Simple syrup will work as well and is easy to make at home: just dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat and let it cool down before using.

Making a Pitcher of Juan Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 6 oz of  agave
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and agave Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice and serve immediately into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top each glass up with soda water, garnish with a lime slice or twist and serve immediately.  Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lime slice or cherry, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Tequila's flavor. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Juan Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including tequila, are usually vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process: always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
204
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
20
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
19
g
6
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Potassium
 
37
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
14
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
12
mg
15
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Juan Collins Cocktail Drink

Juan Collins Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Juan Collins recipe will brighten your spring! With Tequila, Lime juice, agave syrup, and soda water, this cocktail brings a refreshing touch to the season.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 204

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Tequila
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz agave syrup
  • 3-4 oz Soda Water
  • Lime slice or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Collins Glass
  • Shaker
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Fine strainer
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Bar spoon or long stirrer

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Collins glass with ice cubes. Give it a stir to chill it and set it aside.
  • Add Agave Syrup: Pour ¾ oz agave syrup into the shaker.
  • Add Lime Juice: Measure and pour 1 oz fresh lime juice into the shaker as well.
  • Add Tequila: Finally, add 2 oz Tequila over the ice.
  • Shake: Fill the shaker with ice, close it, and give it a good shake (10-15 seconds).
  • Strain: Take the Collins glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove any excess water inside. Then, using both the cocktail strainer and the fine strainer, strain the shaken drink into the ice-filled glass.
  • Top with Soda: Top off with approx. 3-4 oz Soda Water, adjusting to taste and to the size of the glass.
  • Stir: Using a bar spoon or long stirrer, stir gently to combine.
  • Garnish: Garnish a lime zest or slice and serve immediately.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you're looking for a twist on this cocktail or simply are out of Tequila, you can use mezcal as a substitute. Mezcal is another type of agave spirit, often carrying smoky flavors, that will work just great in this cocktail.
  • Fresh lime Juice: You can use bottled lime juice in a pinch, but the flavor will be less bright and fresh. Another option is to use fresh lemon juice for a slightly different citrus kick.
  • Agave Syrup: If you don't have agave syrup or nectar, you can use honey syrup as a natural sweetener (dissolve 2 parts honey into 1 part hot water). Simple syrup will work as well and is easy to make at home: just dissolving equal parts sugar and water over low heat and let it cool down before using.

Making a Pitcher of Juan Collins:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of Tequila, 8 oz of fresh lime juice, and 6 oz of  agave
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the Tequila, lime juice, and agave Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice and serve immediately into ice-filled Collins glasses. Top each glass up with soda water, garnish with a lime slice or twist and serve immediately.  Pour the mixture into individual ice-filled Collins glasses, top with soda water, garnish with a lime slice or cherry, and serve immediately. If you have some leftovers, be sure to keep it in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and reasonably mimic Tequila's flavor. Otherwise, you can use fresh orange juice as a substitute. You can also try making your own substitute by mixing together water, a pinch of smoked salt, a splash of tonic and a bit of agave syrup (to taste).
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular Tequila, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

The Juan Collins cocktail is naturally vegan as it doesn't contain any animal products. Most spirits, including tequila, are usually vegan-friendly. However, some brands may use animal products in their production process: always check the brand's website or contact them directly to ensure their products are vegan.

What is a Juan Collins?

A Juan Collins is a tequila-based long drink made of Tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar or syrup, and club soda.  The Juan Collins is an exciting variant of the well-known Tom Collins cocktail, where gin has been substituted for Tequila.

A side shot of a Juan Collins cocktail in a collins glass on a wooden coaster placed on a white cloth surrounded by two lemons, a bar spoon and a jigger, in front of a orange background

What is a Juan Collins made of – The ingredients

The following ingredients are necessary for a Juan Collins:

  • Tequila: This is the primary spirit in Juan Collins. It provides the cocktail with its distinctive, robust flavor.
  • Fresh lime Juice: Adds a tangy, citrusy note to the drink, balancing out the strong taste of Tequila.
  • Agave Nectar: Sweetens the cocktail and complements the tartness of the lime juice. It also enhances the natural flavors of Tequila, which is also made from agave.
  • Club Soda: Gives the cocktail a fizzy texture and dilutes the strong flavors, making it more refreshing.
  • Ice Cubes: Cools down the drink and adds a bit of dilution, which helps to balance out all the flavors and keep the cocktail fresh for a longer period of time.
  • Lime Slice or Twist (for garnish): Enhances presentation and adds an extra hint of citrus aroma.

Tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, soda water and lime laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Juan Collins?

Our guide provides an easy way for you to make a Juan Collins:

1
<p>Start by filling a Collins or highball glass with ice cubes to chill it while you prepare the drink. Set it aside.</p>

Start by filling a Collins or highball glass with ice cubes to chill it while you prepare the drink. Set it aside.

2
<p>Now, take your shaker and pour in 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a bright and tangy citrus flavor that balances the sweetness of the agave syrup and complements the tequila.</p>

Now, take your shaker and pour in 1 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice. The lime juice adds a bright and tangy citrus flavor that balances the sweetness of the agave syrup and complements the tequila.

3
<p>Measure and pour ¾ ounce of agave syrup into the shaker. The agave syrup provides a natural sweetness with a rich, smooth flavor that pairs particularly well with the tequila.</p>

Measure and pour ¾ ounce of agave syrup into the shaker. The agave syrup provides a natural sweetness with a rich, smooth flavor that pairs particularly well with the tequila.

4
<p>Add 2 ounces of tequila to the mix. The tequila serves as the cocktail’s base, offering a smooth and robust flavor profile.</p>

Add 2 ounces of tequila to the mix. The tequila serves as the cocktail’s base, offering a smooth and robust flavor profile.

5
<p>Fill the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill the shaker with ice cubes.

6
<p>Close it securely and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds: this thoroughly chills the mixture and blends the flavors together.</p>

Close it securely and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds: this thoroughly chills the mixture and blends the flavors together.

7
<p>Now, take your Collins or highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove the excess water inside (you can also discard the ice inside and refill the glass with fresh, new ice cubes). Add more ice if necessary and use the cocktail strainer to pour the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.</p>

Now, take your Collins or highball glass and use the cocktail strainer to remove the excess water inside (you can also discard the ice inside and refill the glass with fresh, new ice cubes). Add more ice if necessary and use the cocktail strainer to pour the drink from the shaker into the ice-filled glass.

8
<p>Finally, top up the glass with soda water. We usually use around 3 to 4 ounces, but feel free to adjust according to your preference and to the size of the glass. This adds effervescence and lightens the drink, making it refreshingly fizzy.</p>

Finally, top up the glass with soda water. We usually use around 3 to 4 ounces, but feel free to adjust according to your preference and to the size of the glass. This adds effervescence and lightens the drink, making it refreshingly fizzy.

9
<p>You can now garnish the cocktail with a lime slice or twist. This not only adds visual appeal but also enhances the citrus aroma and flavor of the drink. </p>

You can now garnish the cocktail with a lime slice or twist. This not only adds visual appeal but also enhances the citrus aroma and flavor of the drink.

A Juan Collins cocktail, shot from above, in a collins glass on a beige surface surrounded by Tequila, lime juice, agave syrup, soda water and lime

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FAQ

How many calories does a Juan Collins drink contain?
A standard serving of a Juan Collins cocktail contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Juan Collins cocktail?
The strength of a Juan Collins cocktail typically ranges from 12-15% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to about 24-30 proof. This makes it a relatively mild cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Juan Collins drink?
Tequila is the primary alcohol used in a Juan Collins drink.
In what kind of glass is a Juan Collins served?
Traditionally, a Juan Collins is served in a tall, slender glass known as a Collins glass.
What does a Juan Collins taste like?
A Juan Collins offers a refreshing blend of sweet and sour flavors with a hint of Tequila. The combination of fresh lime juice, agave syrup, and soda water creates a tangy yet sweet taste that complements the robustness of the Tequila.
How is Juan Collins served concerning ice?
A Juan Collins is usually served over ice or "on the rocks." This helps to keep the drink chilled while subtly diluting the cocktail for smoother consumption.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Juan Collins?
You can make a non-alcoholic version of the Juan Collins by substituting the Tequila with a non-alcoholic spirit (see section above, “Making it non-alcoholic”).

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