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. Today we share with you our variation of this classic cocktail with the Rosemary Gin Rickey. It is tart, subtly sweet, and uniquely savory at the same time lending a nice winter’s twist to the original.
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2-3” pieces of Fresh Rosemary
In a Saucepan combine sugar and water and bring to a boil. Reduce by ¼. Add pieces of Rosemary and simmer for five minutes and no more. Remove the rosemary immediately. Cool, Strain through a fine sieve and put up in a sterile bottle.
Rosemary Gin Rickey
In a Shaker Glass Filled with Ice
- Add 1 ½ Ounces Good London Dry Gin
- 1/2 ounce of Rosemary Simple Syrup (to taste)
- The Juice of One Whole Lime
Shake it like crazy and strain into a Highball Filled with Fresh Ice. Top with Club Soda and Stir to Combine. Garnish with a Rosemary Speared Lime Wedge.