Alcohol-Free Violet Lime Rickey (P.S. It’s Amazing)

alcohol free violet lime rickey recipe

The violets prattle and titter, and gaze on the stars high above.

-Heinrich Heine

I never had a thing for violet flavoured foods until I moved to Scotland. It’s no secret that candy in the UK is quite different from what I was eating back home in America. It wasn’t until a walk in nature and the onset of an allergy attack that I discovered the glorious flavour violet. I stood coughing and watery-eyed as my mother-in-law said, “I’ve some Parma Violets, would you like some?” I looked at the purple candy in the old school wrapper and placed one in my mouth with absolutely no idea what to expect. Parma Violets inspired today’s post about this alcohol-free violet lime Rickey recipe I love!

O.M.G.

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Naturally, I became obsessed. I needed any and all things violet.

Violet Bonbons.

Violet Creams.

They even have Parma Violet CHEESE (yes, cheeeeeze!).

Things got a little extreme.

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So, naturally, when I came across some violet syrup the other week, I had to go for it. I mean, why not

What is a Lime Rickey?

I feel about a thousand years old, but a Rickey is an old-fashioned cocktail, created back in 1880 at Washington DC’s Shoomaker’s bar, where Colonel Joe Rickey first requested a cocktail made of rye whiskey, sparkling water, and lemon juice on the rocks. Since its early origins, the ‘Rickey’ has taken on many incantations. The whiskey swapped to gin and the lemon traded to lime. It’s basically the Madonna of drinks.

If you’re a regular reader here, then you know that I do not drink alcohol. I am 882 days ‘off it’ as they say here in Scotland. So, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit interested in drinking a Rickey in its original form.

However, you don’t need booze to make a delightful beverage.

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Alcohol-Free Violet Lime Rickey Recipe

You have a few options for making this drink. I have made it three ways and all have been refreshing (see what I did there?).

OPTION 1: VIOLET LIME RICKEY w/ 0% GIN

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz (236 ml) of lime juice.
  • 4 oz (118ml) of violet flavour syrup (I use sugar-free, but you can use a regular version).
  • 9 oz (266ml) of fizzy (seltzer) water.
  • 3 oz (88 ml) 0% Gin (I prefer Cero Cero by Spirits of Virtue (available in UK Lidl £9.99!).

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix lime juice, syrup, and 0% gin together into a pourable container.
  • Place ice in 4 glasses and pour 3 oz (88ml) of the mixture into each.
  • Pour an equal amount of fizzy water into each glass.
  • Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime or a pretty violet pansy and enjoy!

OPTION 2: ALMOST THE SAME AS OPTION 1 (HOLD THE 0% GIN)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz (236 ml) of lime juice.
  • 4 oz (118ml) of violet flavour syrup (I use sugar-free, but you can use a regular version).
  • 9 oz (266ml) of fizzy (seltzer) water.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix lime juice and syrup together into a pourable container.
  • Place ice in 4 glasses and pour 3 oz (88ml) of the mixture into each.
  • Pour an equal amount of fizzy water into each glass.
  • Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime or a pretty violet pansy and enjoy!

OPTION 3: VIOLET LIMEADE RICKEY

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz (236 ml) of limeade (I use Barr’s because I live in Scotland and it’s the BEST; however, any limeade will do!)
  • 4 oz (118ml) of violet flavour syrup (I use sugar-free, but you can use a regular version).
  • 12 oz (341ml) of fizzy (seltzer) water.

DIRECTIONS:

  • Mix limeade and syrup together into a pourable container.
  • Place ice in 4 glasses and pour 3 oz (88ml) of the mixture into each.
  • Pour an equal amount of fizzy water into each glass.
  • Garnish with a wedge of fresh lime or a pretty violet pansy and enjoy!
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So, I know what I will be drinking over the warmer months!

Have you ever made (any version) of a Rickey?

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