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The Hoax

Hello Betty Fish House, Oceanside, CA

The Hoax

Few cocktails are as classic as the Tom Collins. It brings to mind other libations such as the Dry Martini, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, or the Sazerac. As with all classic recipes both food and drink, the origin is a bit murky. For starters the Tom Collins is strikingly similar to a myriad of gin punches that were served in the 18th century. The name however, wasn’t applied until The Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874. It began in New York, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere on the eastern coast of the United States. What would happen is someone would say to their friend “Hey do you know Tom Collins?” to which they would of course reply “No.” The person would then go into detail about how a man named Tom Collins was heard speaking openly and disparagingly about them or their family. The listener more times than not would become enraged and eventually futilely begin to ask around town, especially bars, if anyone had seen this nonexistent character. Newspapers even joined in on the fun and reported false sightings. Eventually someone had the bright idea to name a drink after this enigmatic character. So when pursuers of Tom Collins came into a bar asking for him, they would be greeted with a tall drink of gin. And thus, the name was born. Here at Hello Betty we certainly enjoy our cocktails by the beach and love a good Tom Collins. But with all things, we felt if we added one specifically to our drink menu, it needed our signature twist. Thus we’ve created our own version with Hendricks gin, simple syrup, lemon, and soda but have also added cucumber and St-Germaine. Of course the drink wouldn’t be appropriate without naming it after the event that started it all, The Hoax.  Order one and we promise not to tell you lies about mysterious strangers making deprecating remarks. So make a trip to the beach, take in our spectacular views, delightful Baja inspired fare, and enjoy your very own handmade The Hoax.

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