rick·​ey ˈri-kē How to pronounce rickey (audio)
plural rickeys
: a drink containing liquor, lime juice, sugar, and soda water
also : a similar drink without liquor

Examples of rickey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also sundaes, frappes, raspberry lime rickeys, and more. 60 Bedford St., Whitman, 781-447-3889 Goats are part of the appeal at Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar in Sharon. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Aug. 2023 Brown likes to use it in a gin rickey (2 oz. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2020 This Utah gin maker sells three canned cocktails under the Desolation Distilling Brand including a Moscow mule, a gin rickey and a gin and tonic. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 May 2021 Ma’am Sir will include cocktails inspired by egg creams, brown cows and lime rickeys. Los Angeles Times, 1 Oct. 2019 The cocktail menu is just as mouthwatering, with specialty drinks like a Caribbean old fashioned, a summer G&T that includes lavender syrup and elderflower liqueur, and a strawberry-rhubarb rickey, among other refreshing options. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, 26 June 2018 Watch a bartender make the strawberry-rhubarb rickey below. Lisa Beebe, Los Angeles Magazine, 26 June 2018 In the time being, to indulge in a little wanderlust, mix up a gin rickey (the author's favorite drink), and see photos of the apartment below. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 14 Feb. 2018 The swanky 1920s art deco haven beckons with gin rickeys and mint juleps. Marlise Kast-Myers, sandiegouniontribune.com, 20 July 2017

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Word History


probably from the name Rickey

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rickey was in 1890

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“Rickey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rickey. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


rick·​ey ˈrik-ē How to pronounce rickey (audio)
plural rickeys
: a drink flavored with lime
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