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A Gin Rickey; A Refreshing cocktail!

Refreshing and thirst quenching! A Gin Rickey

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.

Perfect with Olives too!
Perfect with Olives too!

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!


Need other cocktail ideas, try this icy rum slush or this Purple tears! 

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A Gin Rickey; Refreshing and perfect for the hot days of August!

A Gin Rickey; Refreshing and perfect for the hot days of August!

When the days are long and warm, a Gin Rickey is the perfect thirst quenching cocktail. The lime and soda add cool refreshing goodness to your Gin Cocktail

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 ounces Gin, I prefer Burnett's gin, but any gin will work!
  • Juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • Club Soda
  • Ice


  1. Place ice cubes in the highball glass.
  2. Pour Gin over the top, then squeeze the lime directly into the glass.
  3. Fill the glass to the top with club soda.
  4. Stir to mix well.
  5. Place a lime wedge on the edge of the glass and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130

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Saturday 9th of September 2017

Love the history of the drink!

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Thursday 15th of September 2016

It is already September but I am still drinking this this weekend. Bought a whole bottle of Bombay and need a reason to drink it!


Thursday 15th of September 2016

I knew I liked you! Bombay is one of my favorite Gin's! ~m

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