Manly Libation of the Week: The Rickey

Sipping a well-made cocktail is the perfect way to unwind and relax, whether you’ve had a long day at the office or just want to kick back with some friends. Follow our Manly Libations series week-to-week, as we highlight manly cocktails, their histories, and a few bonus recipes — we guarantee these classic drinks will put some hair on your chest.

With temperatures dropping and fall in full swing, there’s nothing like a cozy beverage to warm things up a bit. And there’s something spectacularly refreshing about gin; smooth and invigorating, it is the perfect nightcap after #JustAnotherMonday, or a welcome liquor to kick off a weekend brunch. It might not be as first name basis-status at the ole G&T, but making room in your life for the Rickey is a booze move we can all get behind. In fact, as of late, the cocktail culture around this tantalizing drink has become so popular, there’s even a next-level status swanky liquor den in New York City, The Rickey at the Dream Midtown, doling out craft cocktails and its namesake elixir. From a rickey-meets-mojito to a tropical pomegranate-flavor infused version, this drink is ripe for inventive riffs. Bottoms up to a good time!

The history of the Rickey

gin rickey

Source: The Rickey NYC


A prominent lobbyist in D.C., Colonel Rickey regularly closed deals over drinks (because really, who doesn’t?). In fact, he is said to have been the first to introduce fresh squeezed lime (believe it or not!) in his signature bourbon and seltzer cocktail, which may have sweetened his deals back in the 1900s. Politically charged and feisty in its deliciousness, the Rickey has been a political liquid from the onset.

Colonel Joseph K. Rickey, a hall of fame schmooze working variously as a riverboat gambler, found that silently guiding the destinies of legislatures was not an unpleasant business. The main thing was to know the men who controlled the votes. This meant eating, drinking, laughing, and gambling with them — all things which he excelled. Read on to see how the original adult beverage is properly concocted and playful libations to sling it on back.



Gin Rickey


  • 1 lime wedge
  • 2 ounces Plymouth Gin
  • .75 ounce lime juice

Directions: Top with soda and add the lime wedge.

Rickey Ricardo


Source: The Rickey NYC


  • 1 lime wedge
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 2 ounces Brugal Rum
  • .5 green chartreuse
  • .75 ounce lime juice
  • .5 ounce lime agave

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Top with a wedge of lime and mint sprigs. Serve in a tall glass.

Colonel Joe


Source: The Rickey NYC


    • 2 ounces Woodford Reserve Bourbon
    • Grilled lime
    • .75 ounce lime juice
    • .75 ounce honey
    • Honey cracked peppercorns

Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Top with a grilled wedge of lime and four mint sprigs. Top with Ginger ale. Serve in a tall glass.

The Pomegranate Rickey


Source: The Rickey NYC


  • 1.5 ounces Tito’s vodka
  • 1 ounce Pama pomegranate liqueur
  • .75 ounce lime juice
  • .5 ounce agave
  • Pomegranate seed-infused ice cube
  • Lime wedge

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and top with ice cube and lime wedge.

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