Root Beer Rickey
Spicy, spritzy and refreshing, this cocktail is essentially grown-up root beer. A classic rickey is just liquor, lime juice and carbonated water, but reach for rye whiskey and trade the soda water for root beer, and you get the root beer rickey, a drink bartender Jim Meehan created for Cicoria, a pizzeria in Portland, Oregon. Root beer and rye are natural partners, as each is woodsy, minty and caramelly; the soda also lends sweetness without having to add sugar. At Cicoria, the drink is served up in a short glass and garnished with a pineapple wedge, but this easy-going rendition opts for ice in a tall glass with more root beer. Add a lime wedge, if you like.
- Serves: 1 person
- 2ounces rye whiskey
- 1ounce fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
- 4ounces root beer (see Tip)
- Lime wedge, for serving (optional)
Step 1In an ice-filled Collins glass, pour in the whiskey and lime juice. Top with root beer, then give a quick stir with a bar spoon, fork handle or chopstick. Top with the lime wedge, if using.