The Rickey


The Rickey cocktail is a highball drink made from gin or bourbon, half of a lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and carbonated water. Little or no sugar is added to the rickey. The cocktail was originally created with bourbon in Washington, D.C. at Shoomaker’s Bar by bartender George A. Williamson in the 1880s. It was made in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, who liked to combine bourbon and carbonated water. The Rickey became widely popular about a decade later when a variation of the cocktail used Gin as a substitute for bourbon and is now known as the Gin Rickey. The Rickey has now also been made using other spirits such as Vodka and Rye Whiskey.


  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: Lime Wheel


Fill a highball glass with ice and add the whiskey and lime juice. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime wheels and enjoy!


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