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May 4, 2008 05:35 PM

Lime Rickey recipe? [moved from Boston board]

I grew up in Boston and love lime rickeys. I now live in California and no one has ever heard of it. Do any of you have a good recipe for one?When I go home I alsways order them, also the chinese food.Thanks.

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  1. You don't say where in California you live, but I'm pretty sure they still serve lime rickeys at Dolores in Santa Monica.

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    1. For a straight lime rickey:

      Ice, seltzer, juice of a lime, then add the lime halves.

      For a raspberry lime rickey, add a small amount of raspberry syrup. I use Torani.

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      1. re: TrishUntrapped

        No, you need some superfine sugar or simple syrup in there, and maybe a bit more lime. Though the idea of raspberry syrup but no sugar could possibly make me reconsider my disdain for the raspberry version.

        1. re: BostonCookieMonster

          In my neck of Massachusetts, we never used simple syrup or superfine sugar.
          The raspberry syrup has sugar in it. Growing up, we used Zarex (as advertised on Romper Room). In Connecticut, I never see Zarex, hence the Torani.

          1. re: TrishUntrapped

            But what if you don't want a raspberry lime rickey? Then it comes totally unsweetened? No wonder the icky raspberry has taken over. :(

            1. re: BostonCookieMonster

              I guess taste is in the eye of the beholder, or the mouth as the case may be.

              I don't think raspberry is "icky." I think a properly made raspberry lime rickey tastes very very good. It should have pronounced lime and just a tad raspberry flavor.

              The raspberry lime rickey has been around a long, long, time. It isn't some morphed variation. It is a legitimate drink in its own right.

              If I were to guess (and that's all it would be is a guess), in my part of Massachusetts, the raspberry syrup was the sweetner. Not simple syrup - that's where the raspberry came in, it was the sweetening agent. And that's why we saw raspberry lime rickeys on most menues...

              You can add simple syrup or superfine sugar to a lime rickey. There is nothing wrong with that if that is your taste preference. We didn't. Ordering a lime rickey was like ordering iced tea before it got mucked up with sweeteners. You added your own sugar to taste. I am used to just seltzer, ice, juice of a lime plus the lime halves.


        2. re: TrishUntrapped

          No I can tell you as a former Brighams worker we used 2 squirts of simple syrup a 1 1/2 limes pressed and soda water For raspberry we used 2 squirts of rasberry syrup in place of the simple syrup. Personally I liked mine more tart so I used 2 limes and 1 squirt. Never liked raspberry thought the syrup was way sweeter than simple syrup

        3. I love lime rickeys !! But today I will add a little tequila ;-)

          Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

          1. ooooh - lime rickeys from Brighams, the best. Agree with Trish on recipe but for more fun a little vodka is always good too!

            1. I agree with BostonCookieMonster, you need grenadine or simple syrup to make it sweet. For doctored version, I like making gin rickeys-- the perfect summer drink!