Invented in the Late 19th century, by D.C. lobbyist Joe Rickey (At least that’s who is credited with having invented it), the rickey is a refreshing and slightly tart cocktail. This recipe is a midori variation of the original whiskey based rickey, and not a classic recipe at all. It’s just a really good cocktail. More than just a recipe the rickey became an archetype for many popular cocktails, even if you don’t realize they are structurally a rickey. The rickey cocktail structure is simple: 1/2 ounce (15 mls) citrus, 2 oz (60 mls) base spirit, and 5 oz (150 mls) carbonated beverage. For example the rum and coke with a lime is a rickey, Dark ‘N’ Stormy, gin and tonic; these are all based on rickey structures.
Obviously this isn’t a classic cocktail but its damn good. I like Midori and think it’s actually a pretty good liqueur, but it’s just used terribly. The proportions of a rickey work very for midori and this has a nice, mildly sweet melon flavor with just a hint of tart lemon. This goes down like a not too sweet melon soda with enough alcohol to give you a nice buzz.
THE MOST IMPORTANT INGREDIENT
The most important ingredient in a rickey, I feel, is actually the soda water and how the cocktail is prepared. Of course the spirit and citrus are the flavors you taste but the soda water is what provides all the texture. If you prepare it so it stays as bubbly as possible, you will end up with an outstanding cocktail but if you don’t cool the ingredients or glass properly and stir it too violently you will end up with a flat lame cocktail, similar to drinking a flat soda. Sure the flavor will be there but it will be flat. So here is what you do. The 2 things you have control over are 1). the temperature and 2). how violently you add the soda water. First add the spirit and citrus to a glass filled with ice. Stir them together so that they get cold and the inside of the glass chills too. Even better you could chill the glass in the freezer first but that requires forethought. Stirring with ice works well enough on the spot. Next when you add the soda water do it gently and only give the drink a couple turns to mix the soda water with the spirit and citrus. Adding and stirring the soda water like this helps maintain as much carbonation as possible and the bubblier it is, the more refreshing it will be.