Now that October’s here, it’s finally starting to cool down in Texas. Hell, I even spent some time outside yesterday. And with the advent of fall’s welcome respite from the summer heat, I retire the Gin Rickey until the first hot day of next year’s summer, which, here in Dallas, has been known to start in March.
The Gin Rickey is a simple cocktail, composed of just gin, lime and club soda, but what it does to a hot day—which is to make it tolerable—should not be overlooked or underappreciated. Nothing quite soothes the burn of a hot, sticky summer day in Texas than a refreshing Gin Rickey. It’s crisp, tart and cold, like a tasty A/C in a glass.
2 ounces gin
Add gin and the juice of one half lime into a highball glass. Fill glass with ice, and top with club soda. Throw your lime in for garnish.