Retro Raspberry Lime Rickeys

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Author Notes: I used to be a soda jerk. The soda fountain I tended was a quaint fixture in the drugstore in Western Massachusetts where thirsty New Yorkers would hop off the Peter Pan bus that had escorted them out of the city and into the heart of the Berkshires on hot summer weekends. It was even quainter in their urban eyes because even into the early 1990s they could still get any one of 16 flavors of fountain soda for just 16 cents. This particular combination -- raspberry and lime -- was a winner with those parched travelers because it is so refreshing. I no longer pump the syrup from the chrome canister behind the counter. I make my own as the base for this thirst buster. - cheese1227cheese1227

Food52 Review: A great drink -- the raspberry just flirts with sweetness and the lime gives the drink a brisk, snappy conclusion. We wouldn't change a thing. - A&MA&M

Serves four, 10-ounce beverage

  • 12 ounces frozen red raspberries
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • Zest of two limes
  • Juice of two limes
  • 24 ounces Sparkling water
  • Thin slices of lime for garnish
  1. Combine raspberries, sugar and zest in a saucepan and place over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the berries dissolve and the sugar melts. Only let it boil for 2-3 minutes as you don't want jam. After that time, take the syrup off the heat and let cool slightly. Strain the syrup.
  2. Fill a tall glass by half with ice. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of the syrup over the ice. Squeeze the juice of half a lime into the glass. Fill the glass to the top with sparkling water and garnish with a lime slice or two.
  3. Serve with a straw so that the drinker has the choice of either stirring or getting lots of syrup in the first sip (that latter is still my preference!).

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almost 3 years ago EmilyC

This is a wonderful, refreshing, fun-to-make drink! Made them today for the first time; it's going into my keeper file.

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over 2 years ago cheese1227

Great! Yes, it's a summer drink. But in midwinter when we're pining for hot weather -- well maybe not THIS hot -- we'll make these too!

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almost 3 years ago Sasha (Global Table Adventure)

This was my absolute favorite drink growing up in Boston and the only place I've been able to get them is on Cape Cod. Rather unfortunate as I live in Oklahoma now... Thanks so much for sharing a recipe! Yum :)

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over 2 years ago cheese1227

Did you get to try them yet? I'm curious to know how they turned out in OK!

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almost 4 years ago lacerise

Made it to serve with an onion confit/gruyere cheese appetizer when friends arrived for dinner on a warm evening. It was fantastic! Everyone loved the drinks and the recipe brought me back to my childhood in the Bronx, with lime rickeys at the candy store. I should have served them with 2 cent pretzel rods!

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Excellent!! My siblings and I would always get 25 cents worth of penny candy if we made it through mass without incident. Those were the days!

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almost 4 years ago JudyH

This was delicious! At the end of our hot and sultry weekend, my son tweaked your recipe by adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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almost 4 years ago cheese1227

Glad you liked it and I certainly like your son's addition!

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almost 4 years ago arielleclementine

what a fun recipe! congratulations!

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almost 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Congrats! A great, simple, delicious recipe!

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almost 4 years ago vvvanessa

raspberry and lime is one of my favorite flavor combinations. i'll be downing some of this in my very near future!

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almost 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I made these! sort of.... =). I used blackberries and lemon instead of raspberries and lime... and added vodka. Everyone loved them, can't wait to try your combo!

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Mmm...yummy and refreshing! We love W. Mass, especially Lee.

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

Lee is my hometown. I like it much bettter now as an adult than I did a restless teen.

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Small world...great-great grandpa Larkin settled there from Ireland and worked at High Lawn Farm for many years as their shepherd.

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

I grew up on High Lawn Farm milk and even tipped a few of those cows as the aforementioned restless youth....

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about 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Love it! And the headnotes, too. ;o)