Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"Air Conditioning in a Glass"--My Lazy Virgin Gin Lime Rickey by Cleo Coyle


The heat is on here in New York City with temps in the 90s and high humidity. But my husband and I have a remedy. To borrow a phrase from Washington, DC, bartender Derek Brown, Chief Spirits Advisor to the National Archives, this baby is...

 "Air conditioning in a glass!"



Our Virgin Gin Lime Rickey is a sweet-tart marvel. This recipe is close to the classic version with a few shortcuts to make it especially easy...because on hazy days, we're lazy, even when it comes to making drinks! You can adjust the ingredients to you taste, and we'll even show you a non-virgin version that's just as good. Either way, we hope you find this summer drink as refreshing as we do. 
Now let's start pouring! ~ Cleo




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*A Note from Cleo...

The gin in this virgin version of a lime rickey is ginger ale, and the shortcut we use is "Simply Limeade." Look for this tartly refreshing beverage in your grocery store's refrigerated section. If your local store doesn't carry it, you can make your own by stirring sugar syrup into fresh lime juice (sweeten to your own taste). 



Cleo's Lazy Virgin 
Gin Lime Rickey

Ingredients:

1 fresh lime
Ice
Simply Limeade (*or see my note above)
Ginger ale (regular or diet)

Directions: Cut the lime in half. Slice off a "lime wheel" (see photo below) and set it aside. Pour ice into a chilled glass (tall or short, your choice). Fill one third of the glass with chilled limeade. Pour in cold, freshly opened ginger ale, stopping short of the top. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over the ginger ale. For a more tart drink, use the juice from the remaining half, as well. Stir gently, float the lime wheel on top, and drink with refreshing summer joy! 




Cleo's Lazy Gin
Lime Rickey

Ingredients:

1 fresh lime
Ice
Gin
Simply Limeade (*or see my note above)
Ginger ale (regular or diet)

Directions: Cut the lime in half. Slice off a "lime wheel" (see photo above) and set it aside. Add ice to a chilled glass. Pour in the gin--I like a splash, my husband goes for a full shot, your choice. By pouring the gin in first, you're giving it a nice chill before you build the drink. Now add the chilled limeade until the halfway mark. Top with cold, freshly opened ginger ale, stopping short of the rim. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over the ginger ale. For a more tart drink, use the juice from the remaining half, as well. Stir gently, float the lime wheel on top, and drink with spirited summer joy! 


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10 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Dru -- On a hot New York day, this drink is a Niagara Falls refresher. Cheers for dropping by!

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  2. That sounds like summer time perfection!
    I'll have to experiment to discover the perfect amount of gin!

    My parents couldn't stand the smell of gin. It seems that they were at a party celebrating the end of WWII and there was a gin martini (the only kind of martini at that time) fountain. They drank enough to get sick and never touch gin again!

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    1. Hi, Libby - While we aren't big drinkers, Marc and I enjoy a nice cocktail or glass of wine now and then, especially in the summer. I came late to enjoying gin. Marc is a longtime fan and introduced me to juniper berry joy. It adds a unique dimension to many drinks, this one included. As your parents discovered, moderation is a good idea in all things—especially alcohol!

      I hope you enjoy our way of making the Gin Rickey, and thanks for dropping by today. It's always, always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen!

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  3. I love this, Cleo. Elegant 'virgin' drinks always welcome! Hugs. MJ (off to share)

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    1. Thanks so much for dropping by, Mary Jane! The Rickey is such a great drink for summer. It's nice to have a non-alcoholic version for working hours. Cheers!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  4. The Gin Lime Ricky sounds so refreshing, and I'm so glad you included the virgin version (I love simply limeade)! I may try to see if I can tweak your recipe to make a whole pitcher!

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    1. Hi, Celia - Thank you for dropping by today! I hope you enjoy this summertime cooler as much as Marc and I do. We left the recipe flexible for those who enjoy sweeter or tarter drinks, and once you have the ratio to your exact liking, you shouldn't have any problem converting it to a pitcher-size version. May you drink with summertime joy!

      xoxoo

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  5. That beverage sounds wonderful! Love the ease of preparation.

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  6. I'm all for lazy virgins in the summertime! Especially when they're "air conditioning in a glass." These medium-boil summer St. Louis days demand things like this, and it looks wonderful!

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