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Gin Rickey Recipe: How to Make a Gin Rickey Cocktail

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Mar 28, 2020 • 1 min read

The Gin Rickey is a refreshing low-sugar gin cocktail.



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The Origins of the Gin Rickey Cocktail

This classic cocktail is named after lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey, who allegedly collaborated on the cocktail recipe with bartender George A. Williamson at Shoomaker’s Bar in Washington D.C. in the 1880s. The original recipe called for bourbon, but over the years gin became a more popular substitute.

Classic Gin Rickey Cocktail Recipe

1 cocktail
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min


  • 2 ounces gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces club soda or seltzer
  • Lime wedge or lime wheel, for garnish
  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add gin and lime juice.
  3. Top with soda water, and stir.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel.

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