Lime Rickey Recipes

You must simply try these old fashioned Lime Rickey recipes. Lime rickeys are truly delicious. They are classed among the best thirst-quenching beverages for hot weather, but they are great to serve at any time of the year. Enjoy!

What IS a Lime Rickey?

Fresh Lime SliceNothing Refreshes Like a Lime Rickey Beverage
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Hot summer weather got you down? Try these vintage lime rickey recipes. Rickeys are known to be tart and delicious, and you won't find a more refreshing beverage anywhere.

Rickeys are beverages that contain the juice of limes combined with one or more fruit-flavored fountain syrups and carbonated water. And opposite to James Bond's preference, they are usually stirred, not shaken.

If you are looking for truly great non alcoholic drink recipes that are easy to make, the recipes below are perfect for any occasion, or for simply making a refreshing drink to sip on your own.

Original Lime Rickey Recipes

The Dispenser's Formulary or Soda Water Guide (1915)

Lime Rickey BeverageEnjoy a Refreshing Raspberry Rickey Beverage
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Many old fashioned soda fountain recipes require making the fruit flavored syrups. However, you can simplify any recipe by using store-bought syrups instead.

August Special

Dram Measure

One dram measure equals 3/4 teaspoon.

Into a 10-ounce glass pour 1/2 ounce each of vanilla and pineapple syrups and 1 ounce of grape juice; squeeze the juice of half a lime into the glass, add two-thirds glassful of shaved ice and fill with carbonated water. Mix by tossing. "A delightful thirst quencher." Charge 10 cents.

Chicago Rickey

1/2 ounce raspberry syrup, 1 ounce pineapple syrup, 1 dram lime juice, 1 ounce grape juice, 2 drams lemon juice. Place all in a 12-ounce glass which has previously been half filled with shaved ice, then fill nearly to the top with carbonated water and mix thoroughly.

Decorate with a maraschino cherry. Before serving the "Chicago," crush fresh mint on the ice. Price—10 ounces, 10 cents.

Golden Gate

1 ounce orange syrup, 1 dram lime juice. Fill an 8-ounce glass seven-eighths full of carbonated water, coarse stream, add the above syrup, stir, and serve solid. Price—8 ounces, 5 cents.


Four dashes bottled lime juice or juice of one-half lime, two-thirds glass shaved ice, 2 spoonfuls powdered sugar, dash of Angostura bitters; fill with carbonated water, mix, add a slice of lime or lemon or sprig of fresh mint.

Serve with straws. Lemon or plain syrup might be used to advantage in this lime rickey recipe in place of the powdered sugar. Charge 5 cents for 8 ounces.

Raspberry Rickey

1 ounce raspberry syrup, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1 dash mint. Serve in an 8-ounce glass; place a slice of lemon and cherries on top and serve with straws.

Lloyd's Rickey

6 dashes lime juice, a little cracked ice, 3 dashes essence of orange flower, 1 ounce lemon syrup. Fill glass nearly full with carbonated water, stir, and cloud with grape juice. Price—10 ounces, 10 cents.

Grape Rickey

While most old fashioned lime rickey recipes naturally call for lime, a Grape Rickey is also delicious. Try one today!

Into an 8-ounce mineral glass put 1 ounce pineapple syrup and 2 ounces grape juice; then add carbonated water, coarse stream, to nearly fill the glass and mix by pouring from one glass to another two or three times.

Lastly, add a dash of carbonated water, fine steam, and pass the glass to the customer in a "fizzing" condition.

The recipe's author stated that "grape rickey is the most popular new drink we ever started at our fountain." Price 5c. It is Sodalicious! —Jas. L. Tuohy

Torani Soda Syrups can be found for sale at Amazon in dozens of flavors ranging from Classic Root Beer to Watermelon.

Carbonated Water (soda water) can be found for sale in the soft drink section of most food and convenience stores.

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