The Gin Rickey
Here's a cocktail that tastes like summer.
You might have read my tribute earlier this month about the Tom Collins, a gin cocktail that’s recently become my warm weather go-to. In that article, I also noted my newfound interest in gin.
In search of as yet unsavored juniper-based drinks, I decided to give the Gin Rickey a try – despite my previous prejudice against what I thought was a boring, gin-based stand-by. So glad I did! A combination of gin (or bourbon whiskey–the original spirit of choice), fresh lime juice, the lime shell and soda water results in a refreshing, light summer cocktail, with no sweetness overkill.
Cocktail historians believe the Gin Rickey was introduced in 1883 at Shoomaker’s Bar, currently Washington's J.W. Marriott (located at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave.). In 2011 it was proclaimed Washington's official cocktail.
July is the district's official "rickey month", but why hold out? With an upcoming trip to New England's coast, I can’t wait to pair the delightful concoction with unhealthy amounts of fresh seafood.
Metrocurean has the recipe, courtesy of bartender Derek Brown, who led the charge for the official cocktail title.