Spending the evening with Rickey

When the weather heats up, you need to solve two problems: how to cool down and what to do with all those limes you bought at the City Market (it’s hard to resist when they’re six for a dollar).

The answer to both dilemmas lies in one simple drink with a number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic variations — the Rickey or lime rickey. This drink apparently goes back to the 1890s when a lobbyist, Colonel Jim (or Joe) Rickey, was seen as a consummate drinker in Washington D.C. A bartender at Shoemaker’s apparently mixed up the lime concoction that came to be known as a rickey, while the Colonel went into the lime-importing business.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink