Inauguration cocktail

Irrespective of your stance or appetite for US political ‘shenanigans’, today is the 2021 Presidential Inauguration and as we appear to have nothing in our diary we are fully embracing the opportunity to mark the occasion – any excuse!.

Stand aside Donie O’Sullivan (CNN reporter/Superhero) , you are doing a great job and if you are planning a trip home to Ireland please arrange security but we (The French Rooms) have our own special Washington correspondent/friend. F.D. no, not FDR, Fergal Dooley who is an expert in all things Food and Beverage and has kept us amused throughout the various lockdowns with his unique and insightful (not incitement) take on what is going down Stateside.

When we contacted him earlier this month with a request for an appropriate cocktail recipe suggestion, he suggested the following simple, easy to follow recipe (he knows us too well!).

The ‘Rickey Cocktail

According to FD (via Wikipedia) ‘The Rickey’ is not just an annoying EastEnders reference but a highball drink made from Gin or Bourbon with half a squeezed lime and sparkling water and a wee drop of sugar syrup.

In the ‘spirit of collabortion’ – WooHoo!

Originally created with Bourbon in Washington, DC at Shoomaker’s bar by bartender George A. Williamson in the 1880’s, purportedly in collaboration with Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey. it became a worldwide sensation when mixed with gin a decade later. Interestingly the very popular Mojito is a relative of the Rickey. A personal favorite reference is its appearance in the 1925 classic ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald when Tom Buchanan served his guests a platter of ‘Rickeys’, cheers Leo!

Original Recipe inspired from Daly’s Bartenders’ Encyclopaedia (1903) with our own regional twist.

2 fl oz gin ( Jawbox or Shortcross)

Half a squeezed lime juice

A teaspoon sugar syrup

Sparkling mineral water to top up

Wedge of lime

Prepare a highball glass by chilling it with ice. Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and ice. Choose your favourite Northern Ireland Gin, add your wedge of lime. a drop of sugar syrup and fill the glass with sparkling water. Give a good stir and raise a glass to the future!

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