Cherry Gin Rickey


Sip, sip, hooray! This refreshing cherry gin cocktail is equal parts cool and tart and perfect for poolside or beachfront evenings.

Cherry Gin Rickey
Photo: Victor Protasio
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins

This refreshing cherry gin rickey works as a cocktail as well as a delightful, non-alcoholic beverage. (Just skip the gin!) Making syrup and straining the cherries allows for full extraction of cherry flavor and a clear, not cloudy, libation. 


  • 1 cup pitted sour cherries

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup fresh lime juice (from 4 limes)

  • ½ cup lemon-lime soft drink (such as Sprite)

  • 4 ounces gin

  • Lime slices, for garnish


  1. Bring cherries, sugar, water, and salt to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids.

  2. Stir together cherry syrup, lime juice, soft drink, and gin in a small pitcher. Pour evenly into 4 rocks glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with lime slices.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

385 Calories
0g Fat
72g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 385
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Sodium 131mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Total Sugars 64g
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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