At times, summer feels just around the corner (Melbourne can con you like that) and I’m looking forward to having my thirst quenched by those long, refreshing cocktails that hit the spot just-so. The Gin Rickey is one of my favourites.
It’s an oldie, but a goody, first appearing in the 1890’s, but made with Bourbon. The Gin Rickey arrived a decade later and was fantastically popular at the time. (Gin Rickeys even get a mention in the 1925 classic The Great Gatsby.) You’ll see other varieties of “Rickey” on most cocktail menus made with different base spirits.
Like all good cocktails it has only a few (readily available) ingredients too. It’s just lime juice, gin and soda water. It lacks the sugar over-kill you get with the some G&T’s (although the new wave of tonic waters are made with much less sugar) and is simple to make.
Ingredients for The Gin Rickey
Ice (I used my Collins ice mould from Cocktail Kingdom)
Take a high ball glass and add ice.
Pour lime juice and gin into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously until chilled.
Strain contents into the high ball glass.
Top up with soda water and add a wedge or two of lime. Enjoy!