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If you are a fan of tequila, you know that tequila and lime go hand in hand. So, naturally, a Tequila Rickey is pretty darn close to a perfect cocktail. Let’s learn how to make one!
What is a Tequila Rickey?
You may have already tried some of our other Rickey family drinks. The most popular ones are the Gin Rickey and the Vodka Rickey, but the Bourbon Rickey is also very good. In fact, the Bourbon Rickey is the OG of Rickey cocktails.
But the Tequila Rickey is something special. As we previously mentioned, Tequila and Lime juice are a perfect match. Look no further than a Classic Margarita, if you want proof. The addition of soda water adds just the right amount of fizz to make this cocktail a bubbly, refreshing drink.
What is a Rickey drink?
The history of the Rickey drink dates back to the late 1800s (1880s, I think) to a bar named Shoomaker’s in Washington DC. Shoomaker’s was frequented by a man named Col Joe Rickey, a lobbyist during that time (the drink is good despite your feelings on lobbyists).
Ol’ Col Joe would always ask George Williamson, the regular bartender, to make him a drink using soda water and lime juice. As we said above, the Bourbon Rickey was his preference. After that, the Rickey drink trend took off and started to include variations with other liquors; most notably the Gin Rickey.
But, that’s enough of a history lesson. Let’s learn how to make one!
How to make this drink:
The Tequila Rickey is super quick and easy to make. We prefer the version with a fresh lime half being squeezed for juice. However, you can make it with pre-bottled lime juice and still have a fantastic, much more convenient, drink.
2 oz Tequila
½ Lime; squeezed (or ½ oz Lime juice)
1 Lime wedge garnish
Salted rim (optional)
- highball glass
- 2 oz tequila
- 4 oz club soda/soda water
- ½ a lime; squeezed or ½ oz of lime juice
- 1 lime wedge garnish
- Fill highball glass with ice
- Add in 2 oz of tequila
- Squeeze in half a lime or pour ½ oz of lime juice
- Top off with soda water (approximately 4 oz)
- Garnish with lime wedge