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The Vodka Rickey is a delightful and refreshing cocktail that offers a modern twist on the classic Gin Rickey.
The Rickey family of cocktails, including the Gin Rickey, dates back to the late 19th century. It was created in Washington, D.C., making it one of the few cocktails with a genuinely American origin.
The heart of this cocktail is of course Vodka. Its use gives the cocktail a clean and neutral base. The choice of vodka can greatly influence the character of the cocktail. A high-quality, neutral vodka is often recommended to allow the other ingredients to shine.
The citrusy, tartness of fresh lime juice is a crucial element in the Vodka Rickey, providing the necessary acidity to balance the vodka and sweetness of the simple syrup.
Simple syrup is used to sweeten the cocktail. It dissolves easily in cold beverages, ensuring that the sweetness is evenly distributed throughout the drink.
Soda water is used to give the Vodka Rickey its effervescent quality. It not only adds a refreshing fizz but also dilutes the drink to the preferred strength.
One of the Vodka Rickey’s virtues is its adaptability. The recipe allows for easy customization, giving bartenders the freedom to adjust the ingredients to their preferences. For those who prefer a less sweet version, reducing the simple syrup is an option. Additionally, the choice of vodka can also make a substantial difference in the final flavor profile, with some opting for flavored vodkas to add a unique twist.
60 ml vodka
15 ml fresh lime juice
7.5 ml simple syrup
Soda water, to top
Garnish: lime wedge
Fill a highball glass with ice, and add the vodka and fresh lime juice.
Top up with soda water.
Stir to combine.
Garnish with a lime wedge.