|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 18g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 14g|
|Vitamin C 18mg||91%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The lime rickey is a refreshingly tart combination of fresh lime juice, simple syrup, and seltzer. It's easy to make and is a great "virgin" drink for teetotalers. The best lime rickey will come from freshly squeezed lime juice (perfect use for your citrus juicer), and homemade simple syrup, which requires just sugar and water and 10 minutes of time.
While this recipe will make about four 6-ounce drinks, it is very easy to double or triple to create more. You can even downsize it and make a single glass for yourself on a hot summer afternoon.
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"Nice, tart and refreshing." —Renae Wilson
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice, from 6 to 7 large limes
4 ounces simple syrup
12 ounces seltzer water
Lime wedges, for garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a pitcher or a measuring cup with a spout, mix the lime juice and simple syrup.
Fill 4 glasses with ice.
Divide the sweetened lime juice mixture between the glasses (about 3 ounces each).
Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer water (about 3 ounces).
Stir with a swizzle stick or a long spoon.
Garnish with a lime wedge or two.
- Use the freshest soda for the best taste and fizz; crack a fresh bottle of seltzer to ensure your drink has maximum carbonation.
- If you regularly make single drinks, buy small bottles of seltzer so you avoid flat or wasted soda.
- Switch to another clear soda if you like. Ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, and tonic water each add a different flair to the Lime Rickey.
- To make this into a cocktail, gin is the liquor of choice. Add 8 ounces of gin (2 ounces per serving) to the lime juice mixture and stir or shake over ice. Then pour into individual glasses and top with seltzer water.
Why Is It Called a Lime Rickey?
This refreshing drink was named after Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey; he collaborated with the bartender of Shoomaker's bar in Washington, D.C. in the 1880s to create a cocktail that included gin (or bourbon), lime, and carbonated water. Although no sugar was included in the original mixture, the Lime Rickey has become a non-alcoholic beverage that is sweetened with simple syrup; if it includes liquor, it is called a Gin Rickey.