Cherry Lime Rickey

Looking for a low calorie, zero sugar cocktail that's as easy to make as it is refreshing? Look no further than the Gin Rickey. Named for Joe Rickey, a democratic lobbyist working in Washington DC in the late 19th century, a "Rickey" is a simple combination of gin—or bourbon, which was actually Joe's preference—lime juice, and club soda.

The cocktail was created in 1883 at Shoomaker's, a popular dive bar owned by Mr. Rickey, and was declared the native cocktail of DC in 2011 (thanks in no small part to spirits writer and non-alcoholic drinks advocate Derek Brown). Shoomaker's no longer exists, but you can visit the site of the iconic bar at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, and enjoy a Rickey at their 1331 Bar and Lounge.

As easy as this classic cocktail is to make, it's just as easy (and satisfying) as a non-alcoholic cocktail. Simply mix your favorite NA gin alternative with lime juice and club soda, and ta-da! We're going to take it one small step further, though, and include a healthy dose of our New Orleans bitters for some beautiful color and burst of cherry and anise flavor with no additional sugar.


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