Gin Rickey Cocktail

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PREP TIME 3 min

Cocktail Type

Gin

Great for

Summer

Difficulty

Easy

Gin Rickey cocktail ingredients

Stocking up on Gin Rickey cocktail ingredients is a very smart move if you’re headed into summer and can tell it’s going to be a hot one. This light, zesty cocktail is very quick and simple to whip up and pairs well with just about anything, from summer BBQ treats, to fresh salads and delicious seafood dishes.   

How to make a Gin Rickey the classic way

The wonderful thing about the Gin Rickey is that there is almost zero chance that you could mess it up. It’s one of the most popular 3-ingredient cocktails for a reason—it’s tasty, refreshing, and exceptionally beginner-friendly. Here’s how you make it:  

QUICK TIPS

01

A London Dry Gin is a great fit for this cocktail

02

Go sweeter by using pineapple juice instead of lime

03

Using herbs like rosemary as garnish = extra flavor!

INGREDIENTS

MAKE FOR

1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

BULLDOG Gin 
15 Ml

0.5 Oz

0.5 Parts

lime juice
120 Ml

4 Oz

4 Parts

soda  water
Lime wheel, mint or herbs of choice to garnish 
Ice 

INSTRUCTIONS

01

Fill a tall glass or rocks glass with ice

02

Pour the gin and lime juice over the ice and give it a stir

03

Top with the club soda and stir gently

04

Garnish with a lime wheel, mint or herbs of choice

05

Serve and enjoy!

Is the Gin Rickey perfect for summer?

Why yes, it is! Arguably one of the most popular summer gin cocktails around the globe, this pretty drink is tailormade for those sweltering days when all you can think about is an ice-cold cocktail that will cool you off without weighing you down.  

During summer, many people like to keep things on the lighter end of the spectrum, which is why the caloric value of the Gin Rickey, at 146 calories, is quite a nice deal. Folks who are focussed on staying trim often reduce the gin to 45ml instead of two shots, which brings the calories of this drink down to 114 calories. Either way, the drink only contains a single gram of carbohydrates, which comes from the lime juice.  

However, you don’t need to count calories to enjoy a Gin Rickey. The fresh and zesty combination of lime juice and club soda, underpinned by the herbaceous nature of a good gin is a match made in cocktail heaven. 

Speaking of the spirit, the best gin for a Gin Rickey is London Dry Gin. It is smooth and flavourful thanks to the distillation process it undergoes and always adds a beautiful ‘green’ note to any drink. This is particularly important in cocktails like the Rickey since there are very few ingredients, so each one you add really has to shine. 

Popular Rickey cocktail variations

The best gin cocktails are always quite adaptable to personal taste, and the Gin Rickey is certainly not an exception. Here are a few ways in which you can tailor the cocktail to suit your preferences or those of your guests:  

Add flavoured mineral water: There are a great variety of flavoured mineral waters on the market today. If you want to add some more flavour notes to your Rickey without upping the caloric content, this is a great option. In fact, you could get a selection of three or four sparkling mineral waters and offer your guests a choice. Think along the lines of strawberry, cranberry, cucumber, etc.  

Swap out the lime juice: Keen to go a little sweeter on the Rickey? Switching out the lime juice for pineapple- or cranberry juice is a refreshing option. Sure, it won’t technically be a Gin Rickey once you do, but the great thing about cocktail-making is that you can put your personal touch on anything you make, so go ahead and give it a brand-new name. Perhaps your own…? 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

It all depends on how you define healthy. A Gin Rickey has fewer calories than a gin and tonic, and as such it is seen as a good option for folks who are watching their weight. However, alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation to form part of a healthy diet, so it all comes down to how and when you choose to enjoy your Gin Rickey.

The drink in its original form contained bourbon, lime, and club soda, and was made for Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey by a bartender in Washington in the 1880s. In this form, it was known as a Rickey, plain and simple. Once it was adapted to contain gin, the resultant cocktail became known as a Gin Rickey.