Helen Brocklebank writes: The Gin Rickey was F.Scott Fitzgerald’s favourite cocktail: he and his wife Zelda were legendary party animals much given to cocktailing, and the man that coined the term ‘the Jazz Age’ wove its shimmering glamour into his novels, from The Great Gatsby to Tender is the Night.
The Rickey is an incredibly simple and refreshing combination of gin, lime juice and soda, and if you have an especially interesting gin, it’s an elegant way to show it off, without the commitment (and incipient hangover) of a gin martini. Thanks to Mark Harvey, MD of Chapel Down Wines & Spirits, and a Walpole board director, I happen to have a bottle of Chapel Down Bacchus gin, and I’ve also made an Instagram video of my first (possibly last) Walpole Cocktail Masterclass.
The culture bit of the deal is to share with you that it was F.Scott Fitzgerald who first used ‘cocktail’ as a verb - who would you most like to cocktail with, once all this is over?
60mls Chapel Down Bacchus Gin Juice of half a lime Soda waterMethod
Shake the lime juice and gin over ice, and pour into an ice-filled glass. Top up with soda water to taste, and serve with a wheel of lime.