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The Refreshing Bourbon Rickey: A Classic Cocktail with a Kick

The Refreshing Bourbon Rickey: A Classic Cocktail with a Kick
  March 20, 2024

The Refreshing Bourbon Rickey: A Classic Cocktail with a Kick

The Bourbon Rickey is a timeless and delightful cocktail, perfect for those seeking a refreshing and flavorful drink. This recipe combines the smooth complexity of bourbon with the bright acidity of lime juice and the gentle effervescence of soda water, resulting in a well-balanced and satisfying beverage.


  • 1 ½ ounces bourbon (choose a wheated bourbon for a smoother taste)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Club soda, to top
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

Weller Special Reserve Bourbon – 750ML

Instructions (Preparation Time: 2 minutes):

  1. Chill Your Glass: Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. Swirl the ice to chill the glass, then discard the water.
  2. Combine and Squeeze: Add the bourbon and lime juice to your chilled highball glass. Using a bar spoon, gently squeeze the oils from the lime wedge into the drink and discard the wedge.
  3. Top with Fizz: Fill the glass with club soda, leaving a small amount of space at the top.
  4. A Touch of Citrus (Optional): For an extra touch of visual appeal, add a fresh lime wedge to the rim of the glass.


  • Bourbon Selection: While any bourbon will work, opting for a wheated bourbon like Maker's Mark or Weller Special Reserve can create a smoother drinking experience.
  • Fresh is Best: Always use freshly squeezed lime juice for the most vibrant flavor. Pre-bottled lime juice can have an off-putting taste.
  • Sweetness Adjustment: The lime juice adds a natural tartness, but if you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add a bar spoon of simple syrup.
  • Club Soda vs. Tonic Water: Club soda provides a clean, refreshing fizz, while tonic water has a slightly bitter flavor. Choose based on your preference.
  • Batching for a Crowd: This recipe scales well for gatherings. Simply combine bourbon, lime juice, and simple syrup (if using) in a pitcher. Let guests add ice, club soda, and a lime wedge to their individual glasses.

Enjoy Responsibly!

The Bourbon Rickey is a simple yet satisfying cocktail that's perfect for any occasion. With its balance of sweet, tart, and bubbly flavors, it's a refreshing way to enjoy bourbon. So raise a glass, savor the taste, and enjoy this timeless classic!