The gin ricky is our ‘go-to’ drink of the summer. While we have found different versions, the Mr. Cheese and I prefer ours on the slushy side and one of my favorite things about the ricky, is that no sweeteners are involved. When combined, the few ingredients seem to create a hint of coconut even though there is no coconut involved. Legend has it the gin ricky was named after lobbyist ‘Colonel Joe’ Ricky after he’d had a couple of the drinks at Shoemaker’s in Washington, DC. Whatever the origin, the Chalet de la Cheese is ohsohappy to have discovered this delicious beverage. It took some fun and delicious, hot summer evenings of experimenting to get the right recipe for our taste buds, but we did it and the recipe below, hits the spot!
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 4 ounces gin (we use Seagram’s extra dry)
- 1 & 1/2 ounces of lime juice
- 8 ounces club soda
- lime slices
How to Make It!
Put all ingredients, save the lime slices, in a blender and pulse to make a slushy. Pour into your glass of choice, give a squirt of lime juice and add a lime slice. Put the remaining mix in the freezer, for refills. Go do a dance in the backyard and enjoy summer!