Basically, any drink with half a lime squeezed in the glass and topped with carbonated water is considered a Rickey. The Lime Rickey is non-alcoholic and usually sweetened with simple syrup. When it comes to cocktails the first Rickey, inspired by a D.C. lobbyist named Joe Rickey back in the late 1800's, was made with bourbon.
About a decade later gin took its place as the favored base spirit and to this day is beloved in the famous cocktail. Because this sip is so refreshing it's been called "air-conditioning in a glass", so for those of you without power and A.C. from the storms sweeping the U.S. — this cold drink's for you!
1/2 lime, juiced with rind
1 1/2 to 2 ounces gin
In a tall glass filled with ice, squeeze the lime and drop the half into the glass.
Add the gin and top with club soda. Stir and serve.
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