Cherry-Lime Gin Rickey

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Cherry-Lime Gin Rickey

Gin, seltzer, bitters, lime juice, cherries and simple syrup combine for a truly refreshing cocktail in this gin rickey recipe. For a nonalcoholic rickey, omit the gin and add a little more seltzer.

Yield: 4 servings, about 3/4 cup eac
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 15


  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup pitted sour or sweet cherries, fresh or frozen (not thawed; see Tip)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
  • 2 cups seltzer water
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 12 dashes bitters
  • Ice cubes


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. (Alternatively, combine sugar and water in a small bowl; microwave, stirring once, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.)
  2. Puree cherries and lime juice in a blender until mostly smooth. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sugar syrup (to taste), seltzer, gin and bitters; pulse to combine.
  3. Fill 4 rocks glasses with ice and top with the cherry-lime rickey. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To pit fresh cherries, use a tool made for the job—a hand-held cherry pitter; it also works for olives! Or pry out the pit with the tip of a knife or vegetable peeler.


Nutrition Per Serving

calories 130
fat 0 g (0 g sat, 0 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 17 g
protein 0 g
fiber 1 g
sodium 2 mg
potassium 92 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin C (17% daily value)

Carbohydrate Serving 1

Exchanges 1/2 carbohydrate (other), 1/2 fruit, 1 ounce alcohol

From EatingWell May/June 2012