Gin Rickey

Ingredients (5)

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • Ice
  • Cold club soda
  • Wedge of lime
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Gin Rickey

The Gin Rickey was the first in a long line of Rickeys—long dry cocktails over ice, usually made without sweeteners. Washington DC is known for its movers, mixers, and shakers, but rarely are drinks named for them. Lobbyists are known to kick back a few with members of Congress, and Joe Rickey was no exception. After Rickey ordered seconds of a new gin drink at Shoemaker’s Restaurant, the bartender named the cocktail the Gin Rickey. It may not be so coincidental, then, that Rickey became the first major U.S. importer of limes.

You never need to shake a Rickey. Merely pour your ingredients into the glass. If you substitute ginger ale for club soda, the cocktail becomes a Buck.

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  1. 1Pour gin and lime juice over ice in a chilled highball glass. Add club soda to fill. Gently rub lime wedge around the rim of the glass, squeeze in a few drops of juice, and drop the lime into the glass.


Twister: Substitute vodka for the gin, and lemon soda for the club soda.

Tequila Rickey: Rim the glass with lime and salt first; then substitute tequila for the gin.

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