Thursday, July 29, 2010

July is Rickey Month - A Tween-Friendly Version

We were surprised to learn that Washington, D.C. has a native cocktail: the Rickey. This drink was invented about a hundred years ago in the District to help alleviate the hot, muggy Washington summers. Our summer thus far has been incredibly hot and humid, and we thought it'd be fun to make non-alcoholic Rickey's for our D.C. tweens.

Here are a few recipes we found for tween-appropriate Rickey's:
  • Virgin Lime Rickey:  Pour 1 oz. lime juice over a glass filled with ice, add club soda to fill, stir, and then stir in one dash Grenadine.
  • Pure Lime Rickey: Shake together 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 3 dashes of Angostura bitters. Pour into a glass, top with club soda and garnish with a lime peel spiral.
  • Raspberry Lime Rickey: Fill a tall glass with ice and squeeze one lime over the ice. Fill glass nearly to the top with carbonated water, and top with raspberry syrup (you can use other flavored syrups such as lemon, orange, or cherry - our tweens love Monin syrups - a local distributor we've used before is Clear Mountain Coffee on Brookville Road in Silver Spring, MD).
Stay cool!

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