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Slick Rick Cocktail – Grown up Grape Lime Rickey

Let me introduce you to the Slick Rick Cocktail!  The adult version of my Lime Rickey Soda childhood favorite is made with lime juice, lime sparkling water, vodka, and grape juice ice cubes which make it grown up AND fun at the same time!

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Before we can talk about my Slick Rick cocktail, we need to talk about its inspiration, the Lime Rickey cocktail.

Rickey Cocktail

A traditional Rickey Cocktail is made up of 3 simple ingredients.  Like all my other 3 ingredient cocktails, I love a Rickey Cocktail too!  These 3 simple ingredients are:

  1. gin/bourbon
  2. 1/2 lime, juiced
  3. carbonated water/club soda

A Rickey Cocktail is considered “Highball” cocktail which means that it’s typically served in a tall glass and consists of an alcohol spirit and a mixer with more mixer than spirit. 

Think Gin and Tonic, Rum and Coke, Scotch and Soda.  I prefer a little more spirit than mixer most of the time, but if I do this more than once I tend to go nighty-night much quicker.  Time to get to my Slick Rick!

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Lime Rickey Ingredients

What is in a Lime Rickey?  A Lime Rickey is the most famously known of the Rickey Cocktails and is made with gin, fresh lime juice, and ice.  The rest of the highball glass is filled with club soda.   

A clean simple cocktail with the flavors of gin and lime.  Although, when I ordered it in soda shops as a kid, mine always had grape in it!

I’m also pretty sure that they added some lime hinted simple syrup or Rose’s Lime Juice to make it even more appealing to kids. 

My Slick Rick Cocktail is appealing to kids of all ages!

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Lime Rickey Soda

There are a ton of variations on the Rickey Soda that you can find at drive-thru burger restaurants.  Some of the most popular are the:

  • Sonic Grape Limeade
  • Arctic Circle Lime Rickey
  • Firehouse Subs Cherry Limeade

Vodka Rickey

Now, even though I like gin, I prefer vodka or tequila with my lime. 

Gin is such an herbal spirit because of all the botanicals used to make it, that I like to serve Gin with other mixers like cucumber, elderflower liqueur, rosemary, and vermouth like in a martini. 

So when making my adult version of the Lime Rickey Soda that I enjoyed as a child, I didn’t want to use Gin, but vodka.

With vodka in the Slick Rick, I can really let the flavors of the grape and lime shine.

One of the other great ways to let certain flavors shine is to accentuate them more.  When making the Slick Rick Cocktail, I really wanted the lime to be the star but also for the grape to come through because grape is the flavor I remember most when I drank them. 

Cherry is my favorite but grape is what I think of when I think of Lime Rickey sodas.

To accentuate the grape flavor, I started with muddling a few fresh grapes in the bottom of the glass. And it worked but you guys know that fresh grapes do not have the same flavor as grape “flavoring.” 

Sounds ridiculous but it’s true.  Grape soda doesn’t taste like eating fresh grapes.  I abandoned the idea of the fresh grapes and went with grape juice instead.

Adding a small amount to the cocktail itself but also making grape juice ice cubes like I did with my Space Pop Cocktail.  As the grape ice cubes slowly melt, they keep the cocktail cool, add a hint of grape color, slowly add grape flavor, all while not diluting your drink!

This Slick Rick cocktail is my adult version of a Lime Rickey Soda but with vodka and fun grape juice ice cubes.  Because it is so child-like feel free to leave out the vodka and make a mocktail version too!

close up of Slick Rick Cocktail with Sparkling Water

Slick Rick Cocktail - Grape Lime Rickey with Vodka

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Let me introduce you to the Slick Rick Cocktail!  The adult version of my Lime Rickey Soda childhood favorite is made with lime juice, lime sparkling water, vodka, and grape juice ice cubes which make it grown up AND fun at the same time!


Slick Rick Cocktail

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 0.5 ounces grape juice
  • 1 lime (cut in half, juiced)
  • 4 ounces lime sparkling water (I prefer Key Lime LaCroix for this one)
  • 3 grape juice ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapes (optional)

Grape Juice Ice Cubes

  • 8 ounces grape juice
  • silicone ice cube tray


Prepare the Grape Juice Ice Cubes

  1. Pour the grape juice into the ice cube tray and freeze at least 4 hours.
  2. Keep frozen until ready to use.

Make the Slick Rick Cocktail

  1. Cut the lime in half and juice into the highball glass.
  2. Add one of the lime halves to the glass.
  3. Pour in the vodka and grape juice.
  4. Add a few grape juice ice cubes to the glass.
  5. Pour the sparkling water on top.
  6. Serve with a cocktail spoon or stir and enjoy!


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 818Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 173gFiber: 5gSugar: 159gProtein: 5g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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