The Gin Rickey is a refreshing highball drink that is a classic. It is an easy recipe and a great way to enjoy a tall gin cocktail any day of the year.
The mix is simple: choose your favorite gin, add a splash of lime and fill the glass with club soda. It is very similar to the Gin & Tonic, Gin Buck, and Gin Fizz. Each differs only by the soda used (though the fizz does have a few extra ingredients). They are a great set of mixed drinks for any gin lover.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour the gin and lime juice over the ice.
- Top with club soda.
- Garnish with a lime wedge.
More Tips for Making a Great Gin Rickey
The Gin Rickey is a transparent drink so while you do not have to use your very best gin, it is advised to use a decent gin.
Fresh lime juice is almost a requirement in the Gin Rickey. Not only is lime a natural flavor, but if you are cutting lime for the garnish, you might as well use it in the drink. Also, as you drink you may find yourself squeezing more juice into the drink, so don't skip the lime.
Club soda seems like a simple ingredient, though soda is just as important as any other element in drinks like this. If you step up the quality of the gin and lime, it would only be natural to follow suit with the soda. There are some excellent soda companies out there and two that I recommend for a great cocktail-worthy club soda are Q Drinks and Fever-Tree.
The History of the Gin Rickey
The story goes that the Gin Rickey was created at Shoemaker's in Washington D.C., a popular hangout spot for Congressmen. It was named after Colonel "Joe" Rickey, a lobbyist who died in 1903 and who was known for entertaining elected officials in the area lounges.