The Tom Collins — a classic cocktail everyone should learn to make (VIDEO)

May 22, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. ET

There are certain things in life you should know how to do. Making classic cocktails is one of those things.

Let's say it's Friday night. You're desperately in need of a cocktail after a long, hard week. But if you're anything like me, you're already in your pajamas, curled up on the couch, with no intention of leaving the house again for the next 48 hours. A crowded bar with overpriced drinks is the last place you will be going.

So you need to learn to make your own. It's not hard. And the classics usually have very normal ingredients. You'll find no artisanal bitters or exotic liqueurs in the Tom Collins.

Learn how easy it is with the help of our resident mixology expert, Chris Carter of Love and Specs. You'll be glad you did when the only place you need to go for a cocktail is your kitchen. Trust me — I speak from experience.

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