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Lime Rickey recipe? [moved from Boston board]

ffenes May 4, 2008 05:35 PM

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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    Muskrat May 4, 2008 06:02 PM

    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. re: Muskrat
      ffenes May 4, 2008 06:17 PM

      I live in Hemet.

    2. TrishUntrapped May 5, 2008 04:26 AM

      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
        BostonCookieMonster May 8, 2008 09:25 AM

        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
          TrishUntrapped May 8, 2008 11:54 AM

          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
            BostonCookieMonster May 9, 2008 08:10 AM

            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
              TrishUntrapped May 9, 2008 01:20 PM

              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.


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        Jimbosox04 May 5, 2008 05:51 AM

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

        Happy Cinco de Mayo !!

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          anunez May 6, 2008 12:11 PM

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

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            newbiefoodie May 9, 2008 09:00 AM

            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!

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