Gin Rickey

A gin-based variation on the Whiskey Fizz.

This variation on the fizz traces its origins to a whiskey-based drink created by Joe Rickey, a lobbyist from Missouri who moved to the nation’s capital in the late-19th century. He began requesting whiskey cocktails sans sugar from local bars. The drink was a hit and soon found nation-wide popularity, so much so that Rickey eventually got into the drinks business himself, selling soda water. This version replaces whiskey with gin, which has arguably become the drink’s most famous riff.


Serving: 1

  • 2 ounces gin (preferably London dry)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • soda water

Garnish: lime wheel

  1. Add gin and lime juice to a Collins glass.
  2. Add ice and top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel.