The best Gin rickey cocktail

The Chilly Rickey, Gin Rickey Cocktail Recipe by Heretic Spirits

Introducing Heretic Spirits’ version of the gin rickey, The Chilly Rickey. This cocktail was born out of necessity over a century ago in a shipping town much like Collingwood. When sailors came to port, they tried to give themselves the highest dosage of citrus possible to fend off scurvy during their next voyage. A man by the name of Joe Rickey saw the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and added a healthy splash of gin to wash down all that vitamin C. Times may have changed, and scurvy might not be as big an issue anymore, but we shouldn’t risk it. Right?

How to Make the Best Gin Rickey Cocktail

(The Chilly Rickey)

Gin Rickey Cocktail Ingredients

  • 2 oz Heretic Gin
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup (optional)
  • 0.5 cups (~4 oz) fresh watermelon
  • Fresh basil leaves & rock salt

Gin Rickey Prep Time

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 1 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

Gin Rickey Glassware

  • Highball or Collins glass
How to make a Gin rickey
Cut watermelon into 1-inch cubes.
How to make a Gin rickey
Fill a blender 1/4 full of ice.
How to make a Gin rickey
Add gin, lime juice, syrup, and watermelon to the blender.
How to make a Gin rickey

Blend on high until fully liquid. Pour contents into glass.

How to make a Gin rickey
Roll 2-3 basil leaves together and stick into slush and sprinkle a small amount of rock salt on top (emphasis on small!) Serve and enjoy!

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Audio Recipe for a Gin Rickey Cocktail

The History of the Gin Rickey Cocktail.

Gin has a long and storied past that stretches across countries, continents, and cultures. As a wonderfully complex and distinct spirit, it has established itself as an absolutely essential base liquor in any bartender’s repertoire. The reason why it’s so valuable? Gin pairs incredibly well with citrus – especially lime. Although this may not seem like a big deal, it is incredibly important because of how often citrus is used in cocktails. In fact, countless cocktails have been derived based almost entirely on the relationship between the botanical and floral notes associated with gin, and the tang of freshly squeezed citrus juice.

However, we now find ourselves at an interesting point in cocktail history. The gin-lime pairing, although enjoyable, can limit the true potential of gin’s capabilities as a mixing spirit. It can make a lot of cocktails seem too similar and, in certain circumstances, a little worn-out. We at Heretic Spirits wanted to break the mold by taking a cocktail that is notoriously influenced by citrus and exploring what other flavours can do the heavy lifting. And what better way to end the stereotype than by innovating the quintessential gin-lime cocktail, the Gin Rickey?

In keeping with tradition, The Chilly Rickey is centred around gin and lime, but that is merely the tip of the iceberg with this Heretic original. Balancing the sweetness of fresh watermelon with the aromatic nature of basil leaves, this cocktail has a lot more personality than its predecessor. With new and refreshing flavours blended over ice to reach the perfect consistency, The Chilly Rickey will have your attitude towards gin cocktails totally revived. The key ingredients to its exceptional taste are none other than Heretic’s premium gin and a pinch of rock salt to accentuate its outstanding flavour.

While you’re snacking on the leftover watermelon, it might be a good idea to start thinking about a meal to compliment your splendid slushie. We suggest pairing your cocktail with something light, like a no-nonsense salad. Start with a bed of spring mix and halved grape tomatoes, and drizzle on some olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper to your preference and mix together. Top everything off with a healthy serving of fresh goat feta cheese and you’ll have a light, fresh and relatively healthy meal with a surprising amount of flavour; a pairing almost as perfect as gin and lime.