Cocktail Party

Gin Rickey (Is It a Sin to Drink Gin Before Noon?)

August 30, 2009
5 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland
Author Notes

I hate tonic so I drink my gin with lime juice. I believe that agave nectar is a godsend to cocktail-making because it's less bother than simple syrup and it gives you the sense that you are doing something healthy; what with its low glycemic index. Today I garnished my drink with basil instead of mint because it's the last day of my family's summer rental and we're eating down the fridge. Being Italian cooks we always have basil, we rarely use mint. The two are, in fact, quite similar. —Giulia Melucci

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is featured in the story, The *Even* Simpler Simple Syrup Your Cocktails Have Been Waiting For, sponsored by Agave In The Raw. —The Editors

  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces seltzer
  • 1 tablespoon Agave In The Raw
  • 2 sprigs mint or basil
  • 2 pieces lime
In This Recipe
  1. Pour all liquid ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into two glasses filled with ice. Garnish each glass with a sprig of mint or basil and a slice of lime.

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