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The Gin Rickey

gin rickey cocktail with lime

When it comes to being a bartender, Gin Rickey is one of my personal favorites. With its timeless combination of gin, lime, and club soda, this traditional cocktail never fails to please. This cocktail is perfect for any occasion because it is both easy to make and looks classy. The Gin Rickey is an excellent choice, whether you’re a gin connoisseur or simply seeking a refreshing beverage.

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Tasting Notes

The Gin Rickey is a drink that will excite all of your senses. Its flavor is a perfect symphony of gin’s botanical notes, boosted by the tang of fresh lime juice and offset by the subtle fizz of club soda. It’s a refreshing drink that cools you down like a summer breeze and has a dry aftertaste that makes you crave more. With each drink, you’ll experience a revitalizing and fulfilling clarity.

Equipment and Glassware

A Gin Rickey is an easy-to-make summer cocktail that calls for the following equipment and glassware:

Pro Tips

Here are some pointers to make a Gin Rickey your guests will remember:

  • Use fresh lime juice at all times. When contrasted with bottled juice, it is a huge difference.
  • Invest in high-quality gin. Using high-quality gin can take any cocktail to the next level.
  • Feel free to taste-test the lime juice and club soda proportions. Different people prefer different levels of acidity.

When to Serve

Gin Rickey is at its best in the summer, when it may quench your thirst on steamy afternoons or serve as a welcome cooler at outdoor parties and cookouts. On the other hand, whether you’re entertaining guests or lounging around the house, its refreshing flavor makes it a great pick year-round.

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

Since Gin Rickey is light and refreshing, you should select a gin that complements it. You should use a gin that goes well with the Gin Rickey’s light and refreshing character. The sourness of lime goes wonderfully with the botanical complexity of brands such as Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, and Hendrick’s. Taste around until you discover the brand that suits you best; each one has its own distinct profile.

Similar Cocktail

If you enjoy the Gin Rickey, here are five similar cocktails to explore:

  • Tom Collins: a sweet and sour gin-based cocktail, topped with soda water.
  • Mojito: a refreshing rum cocktail with mint, lime, and soda water.
  • Vodka Soda: a simple, crisp drink with vodka and soda water.
  • Whiskey Sour: a mix of whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar, served with a dash of egg white.
  • French 75: a celebratory cocktail combining gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne.
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Washington, D.C.’s Gin Rickey has a colorful history that begins in the late 1800s. Colonel Joe Rickey, a prominent lobbyist, was the inspiration for the drink’s name; he made gin, lime, and soda water his signature cocktail. A timeless classic, the Gin Rickey is famed for its refreshing features and simple elegance. Originally made with bourbon, the drink’s success led to its conversion to gin.

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gin rickey cocktail with lime

Gin Rickey

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: club soda, Gin, Lime Juice
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Try the revitalizing Gin Rickey, a timeless beverage that combines gin, lime juice, and club soda. Effortlessly suits every event.


  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 oz. club soda or to taste
  • lime wheels for garnish


  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add the gin and freshly squeezed lime juice.
  • Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda and stir.
  • Garnish with lime wheels.
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Paul Kushner

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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