Gin Lime Rickey Recipe - A Refreshing American Classic

Gin Lime Rickey

Gin Lime Rickey Recipe - A Refreshing American Classic
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1


Gin Lime Rickey
Gin Lime Rickey

The Gin Lime Rickey is a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer day. Made with gin, tonic water, lime juice, and lemon wedges, this drink is both simple and delicious.


The Gin Lime Rickey is said to have originated in Washington, D.C. in the late 19th century. It was a popular drink during the Prohibition era and has since become a classic cocktail enjoyed by many.


How to prepare

  1. Combine the ingredients in a highball glass. Serve with ice.


  • You can customize the Gin Lime Rickey by using different types of gin or adding other fruits such as raspberries or strawberries.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

When making a Gin Lime Rickey, be sure to use a good quality gin for the best flavor. You can also adjust the amount of lime juice to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

The Gin Lime Rickey is best served over ice in a highball glass, garnished with a lemon wedge.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making a great Gin Lime Rickey is to mix the ingredients well to ensure that the flavors are well balanced.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have tonic water, you can substitute soda water for a slightly different flavor.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the ingredients for the Gin Lime Rickey ahead of time and mix them together when you're ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Gin Lime Rickey in a tall glass with a colorful straw for a fun and festive presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

The Gin Lime Rickey pairs well with light and fresh dishes such as salads or seafood.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

The Gin Lime Rickey is best enjoyed fresh and should not be stored for long periods of time.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gin Lime Rickey contains approximately 120 calories.


The Gin Lime Rickey contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


The Gin Lime Rickey is a low-fat cocktail, with less than 1 gram of fat per serving.


There is no protein in the Gin Lime Rickey.

Vitamins and minerals

The Gin Lime Rickey is a good source of vitamin C from the lime juice.


This recipe contains alcohol, which may be an allergen for some individuals.


Overall, the Gin Lime Rickey is a relatively low-calorie cocktail that is perfect for enjoying in moderation.


The Gin Lime Rickey is a classic cocktail that is perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day. With its refreshing flavors and simple ingredients, it's sure to become a favorite in your cocktail repertoire.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the thrill of stumbling upon this recipe for a Gin Lime Rickey. It was a warm summer day, much like today, and I was attending a neighborhood potluck. The hostess, Mrs. Jenkins, had prepared a delightful spread of dishes, but it was the tall, refreshing cocktail in her hand that caught my eye.

I approached her and asked what she was drinking. With a twinkle in her eye, she told me it was a Gin Lime Rickey, a classic cocktail that she had learned to make from her aunt many years ago. Intrigued, I asked her for the recipe, and she graciously shared it with me.

I went home that night, eager to try my hand at making the Gin Lime Rickey. I gathered the ingredients - gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and soda water - and followed Mrs. Jenkins' instructions to a tee. The result was a perfectly balanced, crisp and tangy cocktail that instantly became a favorite of mine.

Over the years, I have made the Gin Lime Rickey countless times, tweaking the recipe here and there to suit my taste. I have shared it with friends and family, who have all raved about its refreshing qualities. It has become a staple at our family gatherings and parties, a go-to drink for hot summer days and warm evenings.

But the true beauty of the Gin Lime Rickey lies not just in its taste, but in the memories it holds. Every time I make it, I am transported back to that summer day when I first discovered it, to the laughter and chatter of the potluck party, to the warmth of Mrs. Jenkins' smile as she shared her recipe with me.

I have since learned that the Gin Lime Rickey has a long and storied history, dating back to the 19th century when it was a popular drink in Washington D.C. It was said to be a favorite of politicians and socialites, a refreshing respite from the heat and humidity of the capital city.

As I sip on my Gin Lime Rickey now, I can't help but marvel at how a simple cocktail has the power to evoke such nostalgia and joy. It is a testament to the magic of food and drink, how they can bring people together, create lasting memories, and nourish both body and soul.

So here's to the Gin Lime Rickey, a timeless classic that will always hold a special place in my heart. May it continue to be enjoyed and shared for generations to come, spreading happiness and cheer wherever it goes. Cheers!


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