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The Gin Rickey

This classic cocktail has been a favorite for over a century, and for good reason. With its simple yet delicious combination of gin, lime juice, and club soda, the gin rickey is the perfect drink for those who want a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail.

gin rickey cocktail with lime

The gin rickey was first created in the late 19th century, and it quickly became a favorite of politicians and socialites alike. Its popularity has endured to this day, and it is now considered a classic cocktail that is enjoyed all over the world. Whether you are looking for a drink to enjoy on a hot summer day or a cocktail to serve at your next party, the gin rickey is sure to be a hit. So why not try making one today and see for yourself why this classic cocktail has stood the test of time?


The Gin Rickey is a classic highball cocktail that originated in Washington D.C. in the late 19th century. The drink is named after Colonel Joe Rickey, a well-known Washington lobbyist who was known for his love of Bourbon. The Colonel was said to have invented the cocktail in 1883, after a bartender at Shoomaker’s in Washington, D.C. added lime to his “morning’s morning,” a daily dose of Bourbon with lump ice and Apollinaris sparkling mineral water.

Gin Rickey, consisting of gin, lime juice and soda water.

During the Civil War, Washington D.C. became a hub for political activity, and the Gin Rickey quickly became a favorite among politicians and lobbyists. The drink was even mentioned in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” as one of the cocktails served at Gatsby’s parties.

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Today, the Gin Rickey remains a popular cocktail and is often made with London Dry gin, Beefeater gin, or Hendrick’s gin. The cocktail is traditionally served in a highball glass or a Collins glass and garnished with a lime wedge.

gin rickey cocktail with lime

Gin Rickey

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a Gin Rickey cocktail is a simple process that requires just a few ingredients. Here's how to make it:


  • 2 ounces of gin
  • 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces of club soda, or to taste
  • Lime wheels for garnish
  • Ice


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Add the gin and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  3. Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda and stir.
  4. Garnish with lime wheels.

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One of the best things about the Gin Rickey is its versatility. There are endless variations of this classic cocktail, and you can easily customize it to suit your taste preferences. Here are some popular variations to try:

Lime Rickey

If you prefer a non-alcoholic version of the Gin Rickey, try a Lime Rickey. Simply omit the gin and add more lime juice and club soda. This tart and refreshing mocktail is perfect for hot summer days.

Raspberry Gin Rickey

Muddle a few fresh raspberries in the bottom of a highball glass before adding the gin, lime juice, and soda water. This fruity twist on the classic Gin Rickey is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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Hendrick’s Gin Rickey

Swap out the London Dry gin for Hendrick’s gin, which is infused with cucumber and rose petals. This adds a unique floral and herbal flavor to the cocktail.

Whiskey Highball

If you prefer whiskey over gin, try a Whiskey Highball. Simply swap out the gin for your favorite bourbon or rye whiskey, and use lemon juice instead of lime juice. This is a classic cocktail that is perfect for whiskey lovers.

Tequila Rickey

For a south-of-the-border twist, try a Tequila Rickey. Use blanco tequila instead of gin, and add some fresh lime juice and tonic water. This cocktail is perfect for those who like their drinks a little spicy.

Gin Fizz

If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, try a Gin Fizz. Add a splash of simple syrup to the classic Gin Rickey recipe, and top with a little sparkling water. This will give the cocktail a slightly sweeter taste and a little extra fizz.

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Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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