This absolute classic is one of my all time favourites. It was named after Joe Rickey, a Democratic lobbyist living in Washington, D.C., during the late 19th century.
Favoring zero-sugar drinks, Rickey liked to combine bourbon and carbonated water. One day, he instructed a bartender at Shoomaker’s bar to add some lime to his preferred highball, and the Bourbon Rickey was born. The tart, dry drink is surprisingly balanced considering its lack of sugar.
The Rickey took off, and soon, people were customising the drink to their liking, with the Gin Rickey eventually becoming the most popular of them all.
1 -2 shot of Papaka Road gin into a tall glass filled with ice. Top up with soda water. Squeeze of lime juice.