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The Gin Rickey

The Gin Rickey is a refreshing cocktail enjoyed by bargoers all over the globe. Made infamous from the iconic novel “The Great Gatsby,” this drink is one of the few classic cocktails with a clear and concise history. This ultra-dry and refreshing cocktail comprises just three ingredients: gin, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and fizzy seltzer to top. It might be simple to create, but its flavor profile is anything but.


The Gin Rickey: Notes of Juniper and Fresh Citrus

This classic cocktail has clear origins. The story begins in Washington DC at the end of November in 1883, at a local watering hole called Shoomaker’s. A Democratic lobbyist named Colonel Joe Rickey was a regular patron at the bar and was well-known to enjoy his personal concoction of bourbon and seltzer. One night, he had the bartender add some fresh-squeezed lime juice to his normal highball, and the Bourbon Rickey was officially a thing. It subsequently took off and has remained ultra-popular ever since.


As time went on, people tweaked the cocktail to their liking, and eventually, one bright tippler decided to swap the bourbon for gin. With strong, floral notes of juniper, this “new” version of the Rickey took off in popularity. Now, it’s one of the most classic and iconic cocktails available. Its claim to fame is that it’s entirely sugar-free, letting the gin and fresh lime shine on their own for a truly unique and delightful mixed drink.


Perfect for Hot Summer Nights

This citrus beverage is by far the most refreshing choice for a hot summer night. Picture it: after a long and sweltering summer day, you decide to enjoy the setting sun. The perfect companion to enjoy the vivid, stunning sunset? There’s no doubt: this drink fits the bill. With the broad and robust notes of juniper and the tart strike of citrus finished with the fizz of seltzer, this drink is truly as good as it gets.


When it comes to crafting the perfect Rickey, the first step is to decide what type of gin you prefer. London dry is always a solid choice, or you can go the floral route for some subtle botanical notes in your cocktail. Always go for the fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a just-opened bottle of seltzer water adds some fun, fizzy bubbles to this drink. When you’re done mixing, add two super-thin lime wheels as a garnish for a fun, fruity look.

The Gin Rickey

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Gin
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1
Author My Bartender


  • 2 Oz Gin
  • ½ Oz Lime Juice
  • 1 Splash Seltzer
  • 2 Lime Wheel Garnish


  • Combine the gin and lime juice in a highball glass with ice
  • Stir gently, and top with a splash of seltzer
  • Garnish with two lime wheels


This drink is one of the most classic and tasty cocktails ever created. Perfect for a hot summer night with friends or for a night out at the bar, this cocktail is full of beautiful botanical notes from the gin and the tart taste of fresh lime juice. It’s also the national drink of Washington DC, where it was invented in 1883. Combining gin, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and a splash of seltzer, this delicious cocktail is one that you won’t soon forget!

Written by My Bartender

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