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Ginger Rickey Cocktail

See my notes on how to turn this cocktail into a crowd-friendly pitcher cocktail.
Course Drinks
Cuisine North American
Keyword cranberry, gin,, ginger beer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 32kcal


  • cocktail shaker
  • jigger


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice (not cranberry juice cocktail)
  • ginger beer to float
  • ice for serving


  • Add a handful of ice to a large cocktail shaker.
    Next, add ice to two old-fashioned or highball glasses. The taller the glass, the more ginger beer you can add to your cocktail.
  • Measure the gin and the cranberry juice into the ice-filled cocktail shaker. Add more or less cranberry juice to suit your preference.
  • Place the cap on the cocktail shaker and shake the mixture vigorously until the outside of the shaker frosts over.
  • Pour the gin-cranberry mixture into the ice-filled cocktail glasses and float ginger beer over the mixture.
    Stir gently with a cocktail pick or stirrer and garnish as desired.
  • Enjoy responsibly.


Alternatives to the Ginger Beer:

  • soda water
  • tonic water
  • seltzer water 

Cranberry juice substitutes:

  • pomegranate juice
  • apple cider
  • pear juice
  • cherry juice

Ginger Rickey Mocktail:

  1. Omit the gin in the recipe and replace the cranberry juice with cranberry juice cocktail for a sweeter drink. 
  2. Swap out the ginger beer for ginger ale.
  3. Serve over ice. 

Ginger Rickey Pitcher Cocktail: 

1 cup (8 ounces) gin
3/4 cup (6 ounces) cranberry juice
Ginger beer to float
  1. In a cocktail pitcher, stir together the gin and cranberry juice. Chill the gin-cranberry base in the refrigerator until ready to serve. *Don't forget to chill the ginger beer also!
  2. When you're ready to serve, set the pitcher, the cans of ginger beer, and a bucket of ice out for your guests.
  3. Allow guests to fill their glasses with ice, the gin-cranberry mix, and float the ginger beer on as desired.
  4. If you have garnishes, lay them out on a separate platter so they can garnish at will. 


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Iron: 1mg