A sweet variation on the traditional Gin Rickey, this Cherry Gin Rickey cocktail takes this cocktail to the next level!
If you are like me, you love drinking the classics and the Gin Rickey Cocktail is a great example of one that has stood the test of time. I decided to mix things up a bit and use a special Cherry Gin that was sent to Karlynn from Eau Claire Distillery here in Alberta. Can you guess why they sent her a bottle to try out when they launched it? (besides the fact that everyone knows that Karlynn drinks gin like water.)
If you caught that there are magpie’s on the bottle, then you got it!
The Rickey was originally made with bourbon and was created in Washington, D.C. at Shoomaker’s bar by then bartender, George A. Williamson in the late 1800s. The name came from his collaboration with Colonel Joe Rickey. A few years later, it was made with Gin and became the hugely popular Gin Rickey cocktail that it remains today.
The recipe I’ve used for this cocktail is a slightly modified version of the original. This one uses Lime cordial and Lime Juice. If, however, you want to remain true to the original, here is the recipe for the Classic Gin Rickey cocktail.
What is especially nice about using Cherry Gin is not just the variation in colour but a variation in taste, it makes for some great sipping! I do believe we have a new favourite gin in the house!
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- 2 ounces cherry gin
- .5 ounce lime cordial
- .3 ounce lime juice
- club soda
Combine the ingredients with ice in a Boston shaker. Shake until the outside of the shaker is cold to the touch.
Pour into a glass and top with club soda. Add ice if desired.