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Gin Rickey

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The Gin Rickey is one of the few classic cocktails whose origin isn’t muddled by history. The refreshing highball is named after Joe Rickey, a Democratic lobbyist living in Washington, D.C., during the late 19th century. Favoring zero-sugar drinks, Rickey instructed a local bartender to build a Bourbon Rickey, and with that a proud line of cocktails was born. Soon, people were customizing the drink to their liking, with the Gin Rickey eventually becoming the most popular of all Rickeys.


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
  • Soda water, to top
  • Garnish: Lime wheels


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice and add the gin and lime juice.

  2. Top with soda water.

  3. Garnish with 2 lime wheels.