The Tom Collins is traditionally gin-based, but if you tend to shy from the stuff, vodka will do just fine. While historians don’t quite agree on the origins of the cocktail—was it invented by Jerry Thomas in 1876 or by John Collins in London?—it is widely considered “the king of cooling drinks.”
1½ ounces vodka
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Club soda, to top
Orange slice and a cherry, for garnish
Add first three ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with an orange slice and a cherry.