Gin Rickey

The Gin Rickey is Washington DC's official drink

There aren’t many cocktails as easy to make or as refreshing to drink on a hot summer day than the Gin Rickey.

This classic Washington DC drink is named after Col. Joe Rickey. The Colonel is one of those great drinkers from the 19th century who seemed to have done everything and been everywhere, including spending time lobbying Congress and drinking a lot in a famous Washington DC bar called Shoemakers.

Among people who’ve written about the gin rickey’s history, there is some disagreement over whether he invented the drink or just like to order them a lot. What does seem to be clear is that the Rickey started life as a whiskey drink that quickly morphed into a gin drink, much to the Colonel’s dismay.

More recently the Washington D.C.  Craft Bartenders Guild has declared July to be Rickey month, encouraging local bartenders to come up with their own versions.

What we like so much about our Gin Rickey recipe is how simple it is to make and how refreshing it is to drink.

Gin Rickey

Gin Rickey

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 of the juice of a lime
  • 3 oz club soda


  • Start by juicing half of lime.
  • Stir the lime juice, gin, and club soda together.
  • Serve in a highball glass over ice. Garnish with a slice of lime or mint.


We've tried a number of variations using different mineral waters as the mixer, but keep coming back to club soda as our favorite.
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer cocktail