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lime rickey

Lime Rickey

4 from 1 review
  • Author: mistressofmocktails
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: beverage, mocktail
  • Method: muddle, stir
  • Cuisine: Australian


Originally this was going to be a Grenadine Lime Rickey, until I found a lovely recipe at Saveur.  Pure and simple, with lovely muddled wedges of lime at the base. A classic.
There’s also a great history of the significance of the Lime Rickey during prohibition at  They’re right – a Lime Rickey is the closest thing to an adult drink, without alcohol. The tang of the lime – it really is air conditioning in a glass.


  • 1/2 lime, cut into quarters
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 250 ml soda water


  • I got by with 1 lime for this recipe.
  • The first half, was quartered again, ready for muddling.
  • The second half was juiced and just managed to generate 30ml juice.
  • Add the lime quarters and the castor sugar to a tall glass.
  • Muddle with a wooden spoon or muddler, until the lime is crushed, and the sugar dissolving.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Top with soda water.
  • Stir a little with a straw or spoon.

 Start with your tools: the all-in-one muddler, the juicer and the limes.

Muddle the lime and sugar until the limes are well crushed, and the sugar dissolving.

Add lots of ice, then add the 30ml of lime juice.

Fill the glass with soda water.  It’s definitely worth stirring again to make sure the flavours go all through the soda.

The benefit of this drink is that with a little stirring, you can keep topping up the soda water and make it last longer.

Variations include raspberry, cherry or grenadine.