When you want something Simply refreshing, thirst quenching, and made with ingredients you are sure to have on hand…. A Gin Rickey is the answer! It’s this week’s selection for Friday Cocktails.
When I was younger (long before I was of legal drinking age) my mom wanted to make sure that when I was in a business situation I would be able to order a cocktail and not make a face when I took a sip of it. Really, this is a true story.
When you first try alcohol it can be a bit jarring to the taste buds, (yes, I’ve since gotten over that). But when I was younger my mom was worried I would spit out a drink if I didn’t like it. We would go to dinner and she would order something and I would try it. There were many epic fail drinks, but this drink was a winner at the first taste.
It has gin, lime juice and it’s topped with soda. That’s it. While in the years to come I have learned to really appreciate a classic straight up gin martini, when I was first tasting gin it was a bit overwhelming. No scratch that VERY MUCH overwhelming. The addition in the drink of the soda and squeeze of lime make it very palatable!
It’s refreshing; with a slight sweetness that the lime juice provides and a depth that only gin can give it.
The Gin Rickey was concocted in the late 1800’s at a Washington DC bar for a Lobbyist named Colonel Joe Rickey. It’s traditionally served in a highball glass. You can make it with regular limes or if you want a slightly sweeter tasting drink use Key Limes.
Whatever way you decide to make it, just do it. It’s the perfect cocktail for these long Summer days of August!
- 2 ounces Gin I prefer Burnett's gin, but any gin will work!
- Juice of 1/2 of a lime
- Club Soda
- Place ice cubes in the highball glass.
- Pour Gin over the top, then squeeze the lime directly into the glass.
- Fill the glass to the top with club soda.
- Stir to mix well.
- Place a lime wedge on the edge of the glass and serve.