Gin Rickey

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Cocktail History

The Gin Rickey is a simple gin cocktail that was created in the 19th century by Joe Rickey, a lobbyist from Washington, D.C. who enjoyed his bourbon cocktails sans sugar with just lime juice and sparkling water. Eventually this formula, which is aptly named the “Rickey,” took hold, and since then all sorts of different spirits have been used in this simple but effective combination of flavor and texture.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We went with Aviation Gin because it’s an American Dry Gin with a crisp juniper taste, floral sweetness, a touch of citrus, and hints of spice.

Lime Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh lime juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Club Soda: This lengthens the drink and adds fizz. We used Polar Club Soda because it’s Alex’s favorite.

Lime Wheel: This is the garnish. It adds fresh lime aroma and flavor.

Tasting Notes

The Gin Rickey starts with slight aromas of citrus and bold juniper and tastes refreshingly of tart lime and peppery gin, all of which are accented with the zing of soda water.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: When we tried this recipe, we chose to use an American gin since the drink has origins right in the country’s capital, but any gin’s unique botanical flavors will shine brightly in this recipe, making it great both for highlighting favorite gins and trying new ones! As avid fans of gin of all kinds, this drink has our votes.

Alex’s Take: “The only thing that pleases me more than this cocktail is the fact that the towny bar staple “gin and soda with a lime” has an actual name and history, even though a bartender there would rightfully raise an eyebrow at you if you ordered it by name. This drink is great because it highlights the specific gin used, due to the lack of sweet flavors, so no two Gin Rickeys will be created equal; a peppery gin will make a peppery Rickey, a gin with Oriental spices will make an Oriental-flavored Rickey, a floral gin will make a floral Rickey, and so on. There really are few better ways to let your favorite gin shine.”

Kendall’s Take: “Funnily enough, this cocktail looks like it’s just a fizzy glass of water with lime, but it’s actually a great recipe for gin tastings. Most people start with other classics like the Gin & Tonic, but in my opinion, tonic water’s quinine bitterness is too overpowering to more undeveloped palates like mine. In the Gin Rickey, the spirit’s botanicals are much more prominent so you can easily discern which you like best.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions by Lou Bustamante.

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Hardcover Book; Downton Abbey (Author); English (Publication Language); 160 Pages – 09/17/2019 (Publication Date) – Weldon Owen (Publisher)
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AuthorThe Official Downton Abbey Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Lime Juice
 Club Soda
 1 Lime Wheel

Method
1

Add gin and lime juice to highball glass filled with ice.

2

Top with club soda.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with lime wheel.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Gin
 1 oz Lime Juice
 Club Soda
 1 Lime Wheel

Directions

Method
1

Add gin and lime juice to highball glass filled with ice.

2

Top with club soda.

3

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

4

Garnish with lime wheel.

Gin Rickey

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More Gin Cocktails

If you like this gin cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Gin Daisy: A gin cocktail made with triple sec, lemon juice, soda water, and a lemon wedge

Last Word: A gin cocktail made with Green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime juice, and a cherry

Gimlet: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, simple syrup, and a lime wedge

Tuxedo No. 2: A gin cocktail made with dry vermouth, cherry liqueur, absinthe, orange bitters, and a lemon twist

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