Lime Rickey: A Refreshing Drink Recipe With Fresh Lime

Lime rickey recipe

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
117 Calories
0g Fat
33g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 1g
Calcium 55mg 4%
*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.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 fresh-squeezed lime juice and it is the perfect use for your citrus juicer. The other key is to make your own simple syrup and if you have sugar and water, then you're just 10 minutes away from this simple ingredient.

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.


  • 8 ounces lime juice (fresh, about 6 to 7 limes)
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
  • 12 ounces seltzer water
  • Garnish: lime wedges

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Lime Rickey
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  2. In a pitcher or ​a measuring cup with a spout, mix the lime juice and simple syrup.

    Measure lime juice
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  3. Fill four glasses with ice.

    Fill four glasses with ice
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  4. Divide the sweetened lime juice mixture between the glasses (about 3 ounces each).

    Divide lime juice between glasses
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  5. Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer (about 3 ounces).

    Add seltzer
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  6. Stir with a swizzle stick or a long spoon. 

    Stir with a long spoon
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  7. Garnish with a lime wedge.

    Garnish with a lime wedge
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  8. Serve and enjoy!


  • Use the freshest soda.
  • Crack a fresh bottle of seltzer to ensure your drink has maximum carbonation.
  • 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.
  • If you regularly make single drinks, buy small bottles of soda so you avoid flat or wasted soda.
  • Stock up on lime syrup or make a lime cordial.