This is a riff on the Gin Rickey, a cocktail using lime and gin originally created in Washington, D.C., during the late 1800s. In continuing recognition of the lime crisis, we have renamed and reworked this drink with mandarin and gin. You can, as with any rickey, substitute the spirit.
2 ounces of gin
4 ounces of chilled soda water
1 mandarin, halved
1 teaspoon of ginger syrup
Squeeze both mandarin halves into a collins glass, drop one half into the glass, add ginger syrup and gin. Half fill with ice cubes. Add the soda. Stir several times. Drop the other mandarin half on top.
Tasting notes: Refreshing, with a hint of spice from the ginger softened by the fresh mandarin.
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