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    Cherry-Lime Gin Rickey

    Gin, seltzer, bitters, lime juice, cherries and simple syrup combine for a truly refreshing cocktail in this gin rickey recipe. For a nonalcoholic rickey, omit the gin and add a little more seltzer.


    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
    • 1 cup pitted sour or sweet cherries, fresh or frozen (not thawed; see Tip)
    • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime wedges for garnish
    • 2 cups seltzer water
    • 1/2 cup gin
    • 12 dashes bitters
    • Ice cubes


    Step 1
    Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. (Alternatively, combine sugar and water in a small bowl; microwave, stirring once, until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.)
    Step 2
    Puree cherries and lime juice in a blender until mostly smooth. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of the sugar syrup (to taste), seltzer, gin and bitters; pulse to combine.
    Step 3
    Fill 4 rocks glasses with ice and top with the cherry-lime rickey. Garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.


    Tip: To pit fresh cherries, use a tool made for the job—a hand-held cherry pitter; it also works for olives! Or pry out the pit with the tip of a knife or vegetable peeler.

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