The Gin Rickey is a classic gin cocktail made with a simple combination of fresh lime juice and soda water. It's a summertime favorite, and couldn't be easier to make. The Rickey is also a great recipe for mixing up your normal routine of Gin and Tonics, though it won't give you the same bitter kick if that's what you're looking for.
The Rickey was invented by "Colonel Joe" Rickey at Shoomaker's Bar in Washington, DC, way back in the summer of 1883. Rickey himself was a fairly active political figure, campaigning for Grover Cleveland and William Jennings Bryan in their respective Presidential runs. The drink was originally made with rye whiskey (and Rickey himself reportedly stuck with that for the rest of his life), but the Gin Rickey eventually eclipsed the original and gave rise to a whole family of drinks.
Gin Rickey Ingredients
|1.5 oz gin|
|1 oz lime juice|
|Lime wedge or wheel for garnish|
How to make a Gin Rickey
- Add gin and lime juice to a Highball glass with ice.
- Fill with soda water.
- Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel and serve.