You Can Enjoy F. Scott Fitzgerald's Favorite Cocktail With Just 3 Ingredients

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When we think about the roaring '20s, it's hard to not conjure up images and phrases from the era's iconic portrayal in "The Great Gatsby." In chapter seven of the novel, Gatsby and his crew — who are synonymous with 1920s culture — gulp down a set of gin rickeys, the only cocktail specified by name in the book. This honorable mention likely wasn't by coincidence. It's said that famed "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald's favorite cocktail was, indeed, a gin rickey.

For those who want to take a step back in time and experience a taste — quite literally — of the jazz age, Fitzgerald's beloved classic gin rickey recipe couldn't be any easier to create. The cocktail contains only three basic ingredients: gin, lime, and club soda. While it seems almost shockingly simple, the lack of added sugar in the ingredients allows the gin to really shine through and take center stage for a robust taste.

According to Difford's Guide for Discerning Drinkers, Fitzgerald enjoyed sipping on gin because he believed it couldn't be smelled upon his breath. He often frequented France (where he's noted to have sampled every corner of the country's gin supply), Hollywood, and New York bars with high-profile pals like Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Clark Gable. These excursions of excess resulted in the author's heavy drinking but, just like how many other creatives draw real-life inspiration for their work, they also inspired him, which became apparent in "The Great Gatsby's" themes of indulgence.

Read more: 23 Cocktails To Try If You Like Drinking Gin

Variations Of The Gin Rickey

Raspberry rickey cocktail
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Not a huge fan of gin? Sometimes, gin rickeys are made as bourbon or whiskey rickeys, which are composed of the same ingredients minus the gin. In fact, the bourbon rickey was actually the originator, created in the tail-end of the 19th century for Democratic lobbyist Colonel Joe Rickey. Other simple swaps can be done by using flavored club sodas, like cherry, strawberry, mango, and grapefruit. Depending on which flavor you choose, you can substitute the fresh lime for your fruit of choice, or you can keep it for a fusion of several flavors.

For a sweeter version, try adding in a few splashes of fruit juice or flavored syrup. For stronger flavor swaps, flavored gin is a great way to introduce some varied tastes without compromising the classic gin rickey ingredients. There are countless brands of gin on the market that offer an exceptional variety of flavors — you'll find everything from fruity notes like watermelon, raspberry, and orange, all the way to unique tastes such as floral, marmalade, and olive leaf.

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