This classic Gin Rickey cocktail is refreshing and delicious. I’ve decorated it with edible borage flowers to make it extra special.
A Gin Rickey is a classic cocktail, and a great alternative to the more ubiquitous G&T. Made with just three simple ingredients: gin, lime juice and soda water (aka club soda), the Gin Rickey is refreshing without the cloying sweetness that many other cocktails have. I like that it lets the flavours and botanicals of your chosen gin shine through and be elevated by the tart lime juice.
Unlike it’s popular cousin the Gin Gimlet, a Gin Rickey doesn’t have any fussy sugar syrups to sweeten it. It’s a grown up, elegant drink and perfect for hot evenings. The cocktail was originally created in Washington DC in the late 1800s and was originally made with bourbon, though it didn’t become popular until the bourbon was swapped for gin. Then it soared in popularity for a while before recently undergoing a new renaissance.
As I’m sure you know, gin has really come into its own in the past few years. Craft distilleries are popping up everywhere and it has become the drink du jour in the trendiest bars. I, for one, am loving this resurgence. I wasn’t keen on gin when I was younger, but I have now been completely converted. Gin is always my drink of choice these days, and I prefer drinks that aren’t too sweet, like this Gin Rickey.
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Tanqueray No. 10 is the brand’s quadruple distilled London Dry gin. It’s the only gin made using whole citrus fruit (including white grapefruit, lime, and orange), plus botanicals including juniper, coriander and chamomile flowers. I love how this cocktail lets those flavours shine through. Find out about the Gin Rickey and other cocktails from The Bar.
- 1 handful of ice
- ½ a lime
- 1 shot gin (I used Tanqueray No. 10)
- Soda water (club soda)
- Edible borage flowers
- Fill the glass with ice, then squeeze half a lime per glass and drop the lime half into the glass. Add a shot of gin, then top up with soda water. Gently stir, top with borage flowers and serve.
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