Gin Rickey
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Gin Rickey
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Gin Rickey is a classic cocktail that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. It is a simple and refreshing drink that consists of lime juice, gin, ... more Gin Rickey is a classic cocktail that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. It is a simple and refreshing drink that consists of lime juice, gin, and tonic water. The lime adds a tangy and citrusy flavor, while the gin provides a strong botanical taste. The tonic water adds a bubbly, slightly bitter note to balance out the sweetness of the lime. The drink is typically served over ice and is a popular choice for hot summer days. It became popular during the Prohibition era as a way to mask the harsh taste of homemade liquor. Today, Gin Rickey remains a beloved cocktail, known for its light and crisp flavor profile.
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8% | 2.4 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Gin Rickey offers a masterful blend of simplicity and refreshment, with its crisp lime tang meeting the juniper-forward sharpness of gin, beautifully offset by the mild bitterness of tonic water. This cocktail's clean, fizzy profile not only quenches thirst but also dances elegantly on the palate, living up to its legacy as a Prohibition-era favorite and a timeless choice for beating the heat.

Method
How to make a Gin Rickey

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
In a tall glass, squeeze the juice of the lime and drop the shell into the glass
Pour the gin, then add ice
Top up with the sparkling water and stir
Garnish with a lime wedge and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Gin Rickey?

The Gin Rickey was created in Washington D.C. in the late 19th century. It is named after Colonel Joe Rickey, a lobbyist who frequented Shoomaker's bar where the drink was first made. Originally made with bourbon, the switch to gin became popular and the Gin Rickey emerged as a refreshing highball cocktail that gained popularity in the summer months.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a different type of gin for a Gin Rickey?

Yes, you can use different types of gin to make a Gin Rickey. London Dry Gin is commonly used for its crisp and dry flavor, but feel free to experiment with other types like American, Old Tom, or even flavored gins to add a unique twist to your drink.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Gin Rickey?

Yes, there is a non-alcoholic version known as the 'Virgin Rickey' or 'Mocktail Rickey.' Instead of gin, you can use a non-alcoholic gin substitute or simply increase the lime juice and tonic water proportions. You'll still enjoy the refreshing qualities of the original cocktail, but without the alcohol.

FAQ

What's the difference between a Gin Rickey and a Gin and Tonic?

The main difference between a Gin Rickey and a Gin and Tonic lies in their composition. A Gin Rickey is made with gin, lime juice, and soda water, whereas a Gin and Tonic is made with gin, tonic water, and usually a lime wedge for garnish. The Gin Rickey is slightly tart and less sweet compared to the subtly sweet and quinine-flavored Gin and Tonic.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How should I garnish a Gin Rickey?

A Gin Rickey is traditionally garnished with a lime wedge or wheel. You can also add a sprig of mint for a refreshing aroma and an additional layer of flavor. The garnish not only makes the drink visually appealing but also enhances its fresh, citrusy taste.

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