How to Make a Tom Collins - part of the Exotic Cocktails Series by GeoBeats. Hi, my name is Samantha and I'm a bartender at Cinema Paradiso, home of the world famous Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Right now I'm going to make a true gentleman's drink; a Tom Collins. Start with a tall glass with some ice, some dry gin; my favorite is Bombay Sapphire, straight from London. Top with some club soda, garnish with a lime. There you have it; Tom Collins.