The Cucumber Gin Rickey

Today we decided to try a variation on a recipe for Cucumber Limeade that we found on a Martha Stewart site. While you can stop with Cucumber- Limeade and be perfectly happy we opted to add a bit more punch to the recipe and created the Cucumber Gin Rickey.

The “Rickey” is a gin drink invented at Shoomaker’s in Washington D.C.  in the late 19th century and was named after lobbyist  Colonel “Joe” Rickey.  It is a mix of gin, lime juice, sugar and club soda.  We used the idea and basic concept of the Gin Rickey and added Martha’s cucumber twist to the whole deal. Here is how it goes:

Cucumber Rickey Mix (AKA Cucumber-Limeade)

  • 1 lb cucumber seeded
  • 1 ½ Cups of Water
  • ¼ Cup of Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ¼ Cup Lime Juice

In a Blender Puree the Whole Thing Together to Make Cucumber-Limeade.  (For Cucumber-Limeade I would cut ¾ base mix to ¼ Club Soda).

Cucumber Gin Rickey

In a Shaker Glass Filled with Ice

  • Add 2 Ounces Good Dry Gin
  • 1 ounce of Cucumber-Rickey Mix
  • Shake it like crazy and strain into a Chilled Martini Saucer
  • Garnish with a Lime or Cucumber Wheel as You Please