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EAST AWARDS: Best Cool Drink

Thu, 09/07/2023 - 09:04
The cherry-lime rickey is a signature drink at Sip 'n Soda in Southampton Village.
Christine Sampson

"These drinks go back to the 1800s," says Mark Parash, owner of Southampton Village's Sip 'n Soda, of the cherry-lime rickey that's been the eatery’s signature seasonal drink for three generations.

If Wölffer Estate hadn’t claimed the name “Summer in a Bottle” for its iconic rosé, the cherry-lime rickey would surely be the first-place contender for that title. We just can’t get enough of that sweet-tart flavor and the way it bites our tongues — in the best kind of way — served with a lime wedge over crushed ice with a heaping helping of nostalgia mixed in. That’s why we were pleased to learn that Sip ’n Soda has begun selling its cherry-lime rickey mix in a bottle — year round, to boot.

Here’s a little history lesson: The drink was popularized first as a highball-style cocktail called the gin rickey, containing bourbon at first, before the addition of gin, until Prohibition nixed anything alcoholic (officially, anyway). In theory, one could still add a little liquor for a wilder take on the cherry-lime rickey. The food magazine Epicurious recommends adding a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream to turn it into a float; good thing you can get ice cream at Sip ’n Soda, too.

Sip ’n Soda sells the bottled rickey mix for $16, enough for eight 16-ounce servings; for $30, you can get a complete kit that includes fresh-squeezed lime juice (you’re still on the hook for the ice and soda water, though). “It’s really refreshing,” Parash promises. We concur.

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