Gin Rickey: A Classic with a Twist

Last Updated on February 10, 2024 by David Michael

Gin Rickey

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When it comes to classic cocktails, few are as refreshing and iconic as the Gin Rickey. This timeless drink has been enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts for generations, and its simple yet zesty flavor profile continues to delight taste buds to this day.

Gin Rickey Recipe

2 ounces gin
½ ounce lime juice
4 ounces soda water, or more to taste
Garnish: lime wedge

In a highball glass half filled with ice add the gin, lime juice, and top with soda.
Garnish with lime wedge.

The origins of the Gin Rickey are somewhat clouded, but they all seem to revolve around Washington D.C. and Colonel Joe Rickey. Originally made with whiskey, the drink quickly gained popularity as a refreshing and effervescent choice during the sweltering summer months. The cocktail eventually found its way to the hands of gin enthusiasts, leading to the birth of the Gin Rickey. Just about any spirit will work in a Rickey; bourbon, rye, or tequila all work well.

The Gin Rickey remains a timeless classic that continues to captivate cocktail enthusiasts around the world. Its simplicity, versatility, and refreshing taste make it an ideal choice for a spontaneous cooler. So, the next time you’re looking for a refreshing libation to beat the heat, remember the Gin Rickey – a true classic. Cheers!

You may also like another classic summer cooler: Gin and Tonic by the Glass or Pitcher

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Gin Rickey Recommended Products

Riedel Highball Glasses

I love these sturdy highball glasses. It’s what I use at home and used in the photo above. These not only look and feel good in your hand, you can fit the larger 2 inch ice cubes in them.

Riedel Highball Glasses

Glass Straws 8 Inch

Refreshing drinks like a gin rickey are great with a straw that doubles as a drink stirrer. These are the perfect size to use with the Riedel Highball glass (see the feature image above).

8 inch glass straws

Linen Cocktail Napkins

The perfect finishing touch. I love these classic hemstitched linen napkins. You can never have too many linen napkins, and these come in an amazing assortment

colors too. I use these all the time.

Linen cocktail napkins

iSi Soda Siphon

My favorite way to add soda to a drink. I love the stainless steel body of the iSi soda siphon. It’s a great old fashioned seltzer bottle that makes a quart of soda water. I’ve had mine for years and its still going strong.

iSi North America Stainless Steel Soda Siphon, 1 Quart, Stainless

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