Thursday, August 05, 2010


of leftovers. I left this little gift on the Wine Fairy's stairs yesterday.

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And I owe you the drink recipe from the Lime Rickey Scarf, yes?


Lime Rickey Recipe

2 oz of gin
Equal parts lime juice and simple syrup - about an oz of each
3 dashes of bitters
Fill remainder of glass with club soda 6-8 oz and a few ice cubes
Garnish with a lime slice - and if you want, chop and toss in a bit of mint

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Moving here about 10 years ago, I'd never even heard of a Rickey. But you can't live in Massachusetts for long without running into the Raspberry Lime Rickey at your local Brigham's or summer ice cream joint. Since trying my first one, I've had Cherry Lime Rickeys, Strawberry Lime Rickeys and Raspberry Lime Rickeys all over New England. Usually they're super sweet fizzy things - a mix of limeade and soda water -- with some sort of added sweet pink juice.
And they're pretty great on a hot day.

But strangely enough, I never do see them anywhere else. Do you?

What's your favorite local cool-off summer drink? (and would it be good if I added booze?)


17 comments:

Danielle said...

My fave summer cold drink is a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee. And I'm sure that it would be delicious with some added booze.

Thea said...

oh yes it would. Baileys or Kahlua maybe??

Chris said...

Where I live, Slurpees rule the summer drink market (slushy ice with various flavors added). I've had the pink lemonade version with vodka. Quite awesome.

Anonymous said...

Growing up in Prince Edward Island, I loved lime rickey which was a pop (soda) flavour made by Seamans. It was only available there and was a delicious fizzy lime treat. It caused quite a stir when they didn't produce it anymore, so I think it has been revived. Now, I enjoy a traditional gin and tonic.

Rzimmerman said...

Wow! How cool to see a semi-local spot on your blog...I live in Salem and often stray down to Marblehead (where there is a Lime Rickey's) and Swampscott (where there is another Lime Rickey's)...yum...makes me want to stray right now...

theacolman@yahoo.com said...

Hi RZimmerman - that's the Swampscott one! Our cousins live a few blocks away - we got to go and ate in the park across the street. Pretty perfect.

Jillian said...

My favourite is a Boston Cooler...which is really just Vernors Gingerale and ice cream but I think booze could be added!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_cooler#Boston_cooler

Turtle said...

Nope, i have never run into them anywhere we have lived since moving from new england. Never thought of that before. I also miss Del's, they used to set up a cart not far from our home when we lived on the beach in RI. Getting a good start on the back of Nantucket Red, using Amy Butler's new organic cotton in slate, knitting up lovely!

Laurie said...

What does bitters do for the drink?

Nell said...

I've never seen them outside of New England either. Interesting.

My favorite pseudo-cocktail at the moment is club soda, a few dashes of bitters and lime. So refreshing!

Kathleen said...

My first raspberry lime rickey was at Colonial Williamsburg back in the mid-80s. Not sure I've had one since, but it does sound good and refreshing.

Hilary said...

I've heard of a Lime Rickey before, but I'm not sure that I ever see them here in California. But, man, they sound good! I love a sweet, fizzy drink with citrus as a main ingredient. Mmm.

My favorite cool-off drink isn't really local, but is something my husband makes. It goes something like this: pour a bottle of vodka, a bottle of run, a bottle of Sprite, and two cans of frozen limeade into a huge tupperware container. Mix, and freeze. It's a grown-up slushie that doesn't even taste alcoholic and will get you hammered in about five minutes. He used to make it for his friends and take it to Jimmy Buffett concerts. :)

Kym said...

My favorite local cool-off summer drink is beer. Bell's Oberon, to be specific. Bottom's up! :-)

grannyannie said...

Ah, lime rickeys, with gin, of course. In the summertime, my late parents used to drink them before getting into the more serious stuff: gin martinis. They called them their "fruit juice." Those were the days... they taught me to love them as well.

Lolly said...

Sonic cherry limeade! You can add just about anything to that!

Anonymous said...

Hubby says,

I am with Chris. Nothing beats a 7-11 slurpee on a hot day. Coke slurpee filled 3/4 then 1/4 coke on top. Rum makes a great addition. Bought Maya her first slurpee a few weeks ago and she loved it.

Anonymous said...

I like Frappacino's in the summer. I think adding an ounce of Vanilla vodka and an ounce and a half of Kahlua would make a great drink. I think I would be officially an alcoholic if I brought my flask into Starbucks with me. But I think Starbucks should open at 10 pm and turn into a coffee bar specializing in boozy coffee drinks.