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If you love the taste of bourbon with a slight citrusy lime twist, you’re going to love the bourbon Ricky.
What is a Bourbon Rickey?
No doubt when you hear about a Rickey Cocktail, you’re going to think of the Gin Rickey? But did you know that the Bourbon Ricky actually came first?
That’s right! The Bourbon Ricky is the OG cousin to the Gin Rickey. It was created in 1883 at a local pub called Shoomaker’s in Washington, DC.
The collaboration was between the bartender, George Williamson, and the patron, Colonel Joe Rickey. Colonel Joe preferred the Bourbon Rickey but the Gin Rickey quickly took off in popularity.
The Colonel’s name is Joe Rickey. And that’s why the drinks are called Rickeys. It has similarities to a Vodka soda, a Gin and Tonic and, of course, a Gin Rickey.
But that’s enough history. Let’s get on to the recipe.
How to make this drink:
This is just as easy to make as a Gin Rickey. You don’t need a shaker, fancy layers, or a salted rim. Just pour your ingredients, stir, and enjoy!
Fill a highball glass with ice.
Pour in 2 oz of your favorite bourbon.
Cut a lime in half and squeeze it straight into your glass, being careful not to drop any seeds.
Then just leave the squeezed lime in your drink on top of the ice.
Top it off with soda water. This should be around 4 oz.
Stir with a bar spoon and enjoy!
You can throw another lime wedge or wheel on the rim if you want to be get a little wild!
- highball glass
- bar spoon
- (Optional) Mixing tumbler
- 2 oz bourbon
- 4 oz club soda/soda water
- ½ oz lime juice about ½ a lime
- 1 lime wedge garnish
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of bourbon
- Add ½ oz of lime juice (about ½ a lime)
- Top off with soda water (approximately 4 oz)
- Stir gently with bar spoon
- Garnish with lime wedge
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