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Pour Decisions (Cucumber Gin Rickey)



  • ounces gin, such as Hendrick's
  • 3/4 ounce fresh cucumber juice
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce agave
  • club soda, such as Fever Tree Yuzu Lime Club Soda
  • fresh mint sprig and dehydrated lime wheel, to garnish

Chef notes

The gin rickey is one of the few classic cocktails that has a clear-cut and well-documented origin story. The invention of this refreshing highball is as refreshingly clear as it is to drink: It was named after Joe Rickey, a Democratic lobbyist in 1883. Preferring drinks that weren't sweet, Rickey liked to combine bourbon and carbonated water. One day, he asked a bartender at the famous Shoomaker's bar in Washington, D.C. to add some lime to his preferred highball — and the bourbon rickey was born. The tart, dry drink is balanced considering its lack of sugar, and is a welcome refresher on a summer day. The rickey took off, and soon, people were customizing the drink, with the gin rickey eventually becoming the most popular of them all. This riff adds cucumber juice to make for a verdant, refreshing drink on a hot summer day.

Technique tip: Using dehydrated garnishes has a number of benefits. Once dehydrated, they have a much longer shelf life than fresh fruits which can easily turn bad or go mushy, they also look intricate and appealing and offer something a little unique to the drink. This is easily achieved in a food dehydrator but can also be purchased through many online retailers.

Swap option: The original rickey is made with bourbon if you'd like to try a brown spirit option.



Shake all ingredients except soda over ice.


Strain and pour over fresh ice into a Collins glass.


Top with club soda and garnish with mint and dehydrated lime wheel.