Rum Rickey – A Clean Simple Variation of the Gin Rickey

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The History Of The Rickey

Invented in the Late 19th century, by D.C. lobbyist Joe Rickey (At least that’s who is credited with having invented it), the classic rickey is a refreshing and slightly tart cocktail. This recipe is a white rum variation of the original whiskey based rickey. 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.

What Does A Rum Rickey Taste Like

This is actually my personal favorite version of the rickey. Something about rum and lime just go together so well. The rum rickey has a notes of molasses, toasted caramel, and lime in refreshing and delicious cocktail.


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.


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Rum Rickey – A Clean Simple Variation of the Gin Rickey

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Learn how to make the a Rum Rickey.


  • 1/2 oz Lime Juice

  • 2 oz White Rum

  • 5 oz Soda Water


  • Fill your serving glass with ice. Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in the glass.
  • Stir and combine the ingredients and at the same time chilling the glass. Top off with more ice if you need to.
  • Lastly gently add the soda water to maintain its carbonation and give a couple gentle stirs to mix.


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