One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A drink consisting of a spirit, typically gin, mixed with lime or lemon juice, carbonated water, and ice.‘I wanted to drink gin rickeys’‘lime rickeys’
- ‘It gorged itself, often on dishes it invented (steamed oysters, say), and it famously liked drinking itself into a stupor (at one time, on the gin rickeys it invented).’
- ‘‘The Extended Lights’ propositions its readers: ‘Let's drink gin rickeys / in a hotel bar below street level’; afterward ‘We'll record messages in the fountain/around which the rest of the garden turns.’’
Late 19th century: probably from the surname Rickey.
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