This is the ultimate classic Gin Rickey cocktail! It is refreshing and delicious, plus it’s super easy to make with just a few ingredients. I’ve decorated it with edible 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.
It’s perfect for a refreshing cocktail in the backyard on a hot summer’s day, for a cookout, barbecue, picnic or party!
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 Gin Rickey cocktail was originally created in Washington DC in the late 1800s.
It was originally made with bourbon, though it didn’t become popular until the bourbon was swapped for gin.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.
Now, it is often found in lists of classic cocktails. It’s often overshadowed by showy cocktails and sweet concoctions, but I love it for it’s classy bitter flavour that really makes the most of good gin.
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.
Get the Gin Rickey Cocktail Recipe
Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail
- 1 handful of ice
- ½ a lime
- 2 oz gin
- Club soda water
To decorate (optional)
- 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 the club soda (soda water). Gently stir, top with borage flowers and serve.