The Gin Rickey

gin rickey

Can’t decide whether you want a gin and tonic or a daiquiri? The gin rickey is for you. Its mixture of gin, lime juice and simple syrup, plus a splash of bubbly water, is so refreshing — especially with the subtle mint scent courtesy of the garnish. And since it follows an easy-to-remember ratio of 3:2:1 — just like the paloma, but heavier on the booze — it’s a snap to prepare cocktails for one, two or twenty! Want extra lime flavor and a touch of additional sweetness? Substitue DRY Soda Co.’s wild lime soda for seltzer!

The Gin Rickey

Preparation Time: 1 minute
Makes: 2 cocktails


  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons or 85 grams) Hendrick’s gin or other gluten-free gin
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup or 57 grams) lime juice
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons or 28 grams) simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 – 4 ounces (1/4 – 1/2 cup) seltzer
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)


In a Mason jar (with lid) or cocktail shaker, combine gin, lime juice, simple syrup and a couple ice cubes. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until mixture is ice cold. Strain shaken cocktail mixture into two small glasses (about 6-ounce capacity each). Top with seltzer, and if desired, garnish with mint leaves and pop a cube or two of ice in if there’s room.

Simple Syrup

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Yields: About 3/4 cup


  • 96 grams (1/2 cup) granulated white sugar
  • 113 grams (1/2 cup) water


In a small saucepan (2-quart), combine sugar and water. Set over high heat, cook until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a steady simmer (immediately returns to a simmer when stirred). Immediately pour hot simple syrup into a small, heatproof jar. Allow to cool to room temperature before using, or covering and refrigerating for up to 1 week.

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