Lime Rickey

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name = Lime Rickey

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type = cocktail
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vodka = yes
gin = yes
served = rocks
garnish = lime slices
drinkware = highball
ingredients = *One part vodka
*One part gin
*One part lime juice
*Carbonated water
prep = Mix together into glass. Top up with the carbonated water, garnish and serve.
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Lime Rickey is any of several mixed drinks — some alcoholic cocktails and some not — each featuring lime juice as a key ingredient. Other components may include gin, rum, vodka, bitters, and carbonated water. Sweetening from simple syrup or other flavorings is common in several varieties. The drink is rumored to be named for a Colonel Rickey, an English officer once based in Washington, D.C.. More popularly, the seaside resort community of Wildwood, New Jersey is cited as its origin.

Rickeys made with gin (typically referred to simply as "gin rickeys") are among the most favored of the varieties of the drink with alcohol included. The mojito, which originated in Cuba, is a popular relative of the rickey, made with key lime juice, rum, simple syrup, soda water and muddled mint leaves.

Soda-fountain versions, which exclude alcohol, may include grape, cherry or raspberry syrup, essentially making a limeade. The limeades offered at Oklahoma-based Sonic Drive-In restaurants follow this style, incorporating lemon-lime soda and fresh limes. Utah-based restaurants, including Arctic Circle Restaurants among others, offer another non-alcoholic variation called "Lime Ricky", with a lime flavor and grape syrup along with crushed ice.

Popular culture

Although the lime rickey is a lesser known drink, it has recently gained popularity. It has appeared as a bit part in numerous novels such as "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Various television series have also mentioned or featured variations of the drink:
* "The Simpsons" — In the episode "Burns, Baby Burns," Mr. Burns says to his long lost son Larry Burns, "How dare you interrupt my lime rickey! State your business."
* "The Sopranos" — In the episode "Walk Like a Man", Tony Soprano says to Christopher, his nephew-once-removed, "Why don't you have a lime rickey and stop being so cunty!".
* "Will & Grace" — The gin rickey is one of Karen Walker's favorite drinks in the second season.
* "My Name Is Earl" — In (Episode 3x16), Randy is shown engaging in "full party-mode" after several rounds of gin rickeys at the Knights of Camden hall.

Similar cocktails

* Gimlet (Cocktail)
* Gin and Tonic
* Gin Sour
* Green Dragon
* Hanky-Panky cocktail
* Long Island Iced Tea
* Martini
* Negroni
* Pink Gin

See also

* List of cocktails

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