Snappy Raspberry Lime Rickey

By • May 28, 2011 9 Comments

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Author Notes: Growing up in the Boston area, Raspberry Lime Rickeys were a favorite summer sipper of mine. We ordered them at Brigham's Ice Cream and I loved the sweet raspberry flavor with a hint of lime. Part of the appeal for me was also wondering, "Who's Rickey?"

Looking back, I recall an extremely sweet, syrupy drink and decided to tart it up a bit which made for a bright, refreshing drink.

Serves 2

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen organic unsweetened raspberries, defrosted (save the juice)
  • 4 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 12-15 fresh mint leaves
  • 3 large limes
  • 2 cups seltzer
  • ice
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the raspberries, their juice (if using frozen), agave syrup and mint leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for a few mintues, mashing any whole berries until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Squeeze enough lime juice to measure 1/3 cup (about 2 large limes). Strain the cooled raspberry mixture, mashing well to get all the syrup. (Syrup can be prepared ahead and kept chilled.)
  3. In a pretty pitcher, combine the lime juice, raspberry syrup and 2 cups of seltzer. Add ice and serve with lime wedges to garnish. Recipe easily doubles.

Tags: bright, refreshing, Summer

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almost 4 years ago Beautiful, Memorable Food

A classic and for good reason! I used to enjoy these in Providence, but have not seen them since. Now I can make them at home.


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I hope you enjoy them! They bring back good memories for me.


about 4 years ago lapadia

I'm intrigued by the raspberry/lime flavor combo, and also thinking it could make a good sorbet, too!!! Oh and btw, who is Rickie, let me know when you find out :)


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Oh, I love your sorbet idea! I'm on a sorbet kick and just made rhubarb sorbet. So here's the history... in 1883 Colonel Joe Rickey from Missouri added some lime to his morning bourbon and sparkling water and the “Joe Rickey” was born. In the spirit of Joe, I think a splash of Prosecco or vodka would be good in the raspberry lime rickey!


almost 4 years ago lapadia

Thanks for the history :) !!!


about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Love the sound of raspberries and lime!


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thanks, Kitchen Butterfly! It's very refreshing for summer.


about 4 years ago lorigoldsby

Such a pretty drink (especially on the even prettier linens!)


about 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thanks, lori! I love the colors here, too. The linen came from a visit to India and has special memories.