The Gin Rickey is a historic cocktail that had its time in the late 1800s, but gave way to the more popular Prohibition cocktails by the 1920s and 1930s. It is an extremely easy drink to make, and perfect for an energizing gin drink that won’t make the drinker tired. It’s perfect for gin lovers who want a light drink that they can enjoy outside or inside.
The drink is credited to Colonel “Joe” Rickey, a lobbyist who entertained many a Congressman in lounges. He passed away in 1903, but his name lives on with the cocktail. Although it’s time may have passed, you can still find the gin rickey ordered in places that truly respect the history of the cocktail, even though it may not be a popular or “trendy” cocktail by any means. It is one of the more popular gin-based highballs around.
- 2 ounces of gin
- 4 ounces of club soda
- 2 tablespoons of lime juice
- 1 lime wedge (optional)
- Fill a highball glass with ice, and pour the gin and lime juice over it.
- Top the cocktail off with lime juice.
- Garnish with a lime wedge (optional).
- Highball glass
For those who don’t drink at all, the lime rickey is a great option, which obviously doesn’t include gin – but often includes seltzer water and sugar. It should be noted that sugar is not in an actual gin rickey. A lime rickey is a very popular mocktail, and a way for you to entertain your non-drinking guests. Often times, simple syrup is used in a lime rickey, as well.
The rickey can also use bourbon, but only became extremely popular as a gin-based drink. Of course, its popularity waned as scotch and whiskeys became more widespread in the early 1900s.
The drink still has a notable history, as it is referenced in F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s most popular book, The Great Gatsby, and July is even designated as “The Rickey Month” by the D.C. Bartender’s Guild. For gin lovers, there’s nothing like a great rickey to pass the time.