Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Happy Hour: Rickeys

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about cocktails. Not just mixed drinks, but cocktails -- as in the original meaning of the term. As we learned (so you don't have to go back and look), a cocktail was a specific kind of mixed drink that included a spirit and bitters, and another liqueur or mixer (but not anything fizzy). This week, let's talk about another old school drink, the Rickey. Maybe your granddad drank a Rickey from time to time -- it's an oldie, but a goodie. Here's an introduction to the Rickey from the 1959 edition of The Standard Bartender's Guide:
So, there you have your basic Rickey formula, along with some exotic twists. A Rickey is just your booze of choice, half a lime, some ice, and top off with soda water. Then toss in the lime rind as a garnish. It's tart, but bracing. Like we said, your granddad might have drunk this. Here are some more variations on the Rickey:

And some more:

Say "Rye Whiskey Rickey" three times fast. Cheers!

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