Lime Rickey

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This is a simple recipe for a tasty, refreshing drink. There are many sweet lime recipes in the realm of cocktails/mocktails, but this one “The Rickey,” was created in Washington D.C. in the 1880s.  It originated at Shoomaker’s Bar and was named after the political lobbyist Joe Rickey.  The alcohol version, made with bourbon or gin, may or may not be sweetened, but the mocktail version compensates for the lack of liquor flavour by using sugar syrup.


  • Limes 4
  • Simple Syrup 100 ml
  • Soda Water  300 ml
  • Ice


Juice the limes, and add the juice to the simple syrup.  Stir and pour over a few ice cubes in a pair medium glasses.  Top off with soda water.

I usually make this in a single large glass which means it is sweeter and slightly more limey as the full 300 milliliters isn’t used.

Both versions are quite nice though.


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