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posted: 06/07/19

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This Gin Rickey Recipe is the less sweet and lower calorie version of the Gin and Tonic you love! It’s a delicious simple cocktail that you could make so many different variations of.

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THE PERFECT LIGHT COCKTAIL

It seems like the older I get the more I’m looking for cocktails that are delicious and refreshing, but aren’t overly sweet. That is, perhaps, why I love this Gin Rickey so very much. A highball drink that dates back to the 1900s, you just can’t go wrong with the classic gin rickey recipe.

It also doesn’t hurt that it’s not 8 million calories for one glass. Only 180 calories for this delicious Gin Rickey!

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GIN AND TONIC VS. GIN RICKEY

As I mentioned, a Gin Rickey is basically just the lighter, lower calorie version of the Gin and Tonic. Instead of using sweetened lime juice and tonic water like in the Gin and Tonic, this recipe uses unsweetened lime juice and club soda. Trust me, the flavor will still knock your socks off!

If you’re looking for more lower calorie cocktails, try my Easy Skinny Mojitos or this tangy Skinny Grapefruit Margarita.

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WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED TO MAKE A GIN RICKEY RECIPE?

This low-cal cocktail comes together in just three simple ingredients:

HOW TO MAKE A GIN RICKEY

While you could pull out your cocktail shaker for this, I think it’s simpler just to mix it right in the glass.

  1. Add ice to a high ball glass. 
  2. Pour in the gin and lime juice.
  3. Top with club soda and stir to combine.
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GIN RICKEY VARIATIONS

With a recipe as simple as this, you can dress up your Gin Rickey a million different ways. 

  • Use grapefruit flavored sparkling water instead of club soda.
  • Lime and watermelon go great together! Add a splash of watermelon juice!
  • Muddle some raspberries in the bottom of your glass for color and a bit of flavor.

OTHER GREAT GIN COCKTAILS

  • GIN FIZZ: Frothy and delicious, you will love this old classic.
  • FRENCH 75: Perhaps one of my very favorite cocktails! If you love champagne check this out.
  • MOSCOW MULE WITH GIN: I think I might like Moscow Mules even more with gin.

If you try this amazing gin cocktail or any of my other drinks, leave me a comment and let me know!

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Gin Rickey Recipe

Serves: 1 cocktail
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
This Gin Rickey Recipe is the less sweet lower calorie version of the Gin and Tonic you love! It’s a delicious simple cocktail that you could make so many different variations of.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin I love Bombay Saphire
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3 ounces club soda chilled

Instructions

  • Combine the gin and lime juice in a high ball glass filled with ice.
  • Top with club soda. Stir to combine.
Calories: 180kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Sodium: 19mg (1%) Potassium: 38mg (1%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin C: 12.4mg (15%) Calcium: 10mg (1%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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