Cherry-Lime Gin Rickey

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.

From EatingWell: May/June 2012
Yield: 4 servings, about 3/4 cup eac
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 15


  1. 3 tablespoons sugar
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  3. 1 cup pitted sour or sweet cherries, fresh or frozen (not thawed; see Tip)
  4. 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
  5. 2 cups seltzer water
  6. 1/2 cup gin
  7. 12 dashes bitters
  8. 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: 130 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 2 mg sodium; 92 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (17% daily value)

1 Carbohydrate Serving

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