At the moment, my washer and dryer are sitting in my kitchen.  They’ve been there for four days.  Not that I’m counting.

In case you’re wondering, they don’t belong there, and my kitchen is not particularly big.

You see, we had this wacky idea that we should re-do our entry/mudroom/laundry/guest bathroom.  This may seem like an epic undertaking, but because the entire space is only about 10 feet x 20 feet (if that), it seemed simple and quite sensible.  We thought “gosh it needs an update” and “how much trouble could it be?”

Ah, every renovation starts with such optimism.

We have lovely plans, drafted by an old friend of ours, and the space will be much more functional.  Someday.

When might that be?

It’s a mystery.

Have I mentioned the guys told me three days ago we needed a new toilet in the guest bathroom, they took out the old one, and have yet to replace it?  I have both out-of-town guests and dinner guests coming this weekend.  A toilet might come in handy.  Just sayin’.

The good news is, we have a great contractor, and he is working very hard… but there are always setbacks in such a project.  It’s just the way construction works.

After the guys left (after over 10 hours or so of sawing tile and hammering and painting), I decided I needed a cocktail.  Thought that might lessen the anxiety of watching my laundry piles grow.  (I do realize they needed a cocktail far more than I, but concluded offering cocktails in to-go cups would be bad form.)

I’ve been eyeing a recipe for a Joe Rickey for some time.  This intriguing Slate piece pointed out it is Washington DC’s official “native cocktail.”  As I’m in my third decade of living in and around DC, I’m nearly native… seems overdue I should indulge in the native drink.  And it has bourbon.

I found the combination of lime, simple syrup, bourbon and a splash of sparkling water quite refreshing, and dare I say relaxing?

Really, who needs a toilet in a guest bathroom anyway?  I think I’ll mix up another…

The Joe Rickey

Adapted from Bourbon and Bacon, by Morgan Murphy

  • crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  • 6 ounces sparkling water
  • lime slice to garnish

Place the crushed ice in a highball glass.  Pour in the bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup and sparkling water.  Stir to combine.  Garnish with a slice of lime.

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18 Responses to "Joe Rickey Cocktail"
  1. Oh man… I feel for you! We live in a very old house, and when you have it all planned out and think everything is going to go to plan… Well.. It rarely does! You never know what youre going to find behind those old walls!! We are going to be starting our kitchen soon, and as excited as I am, I’m worried at the same time… I’m printing this recipe.. I have a feeling that I will be needing it soon! ❤️. Good luck with your renovations! Enjoy your company this weekend!!

  2. Jhuls says:

    I can relate about the bathroom that needs to be fixed or replaced – we have the same one at our old home. I kept telling my father to remove it and replace it with a new one – better for guests, too. I understand why you needed a cocktail after all of these stuffs. 😀 Enjoy your weekend.

  3. All of us renovators can sympathize, but I promise, you will forget the pain when it is over and will love your new space. I could share some stories . . . This drink looks great with all ingredients I love. It is on my weekend list – thanks for sharing and good luck with your project!

  4. Oh my – I sure do not envy your renovation job. However, I will take one of your cocktails, later on of course. Sounds really refreshing – thanks for bringing this to the party 🙂

  5. Hahaha oh no! I hope your house gets put back together soon!!! In the mean time, this cocktail sounds like a good idea 😉

  6. Trish says:

    Oh my goodness I would go CRAZY with those in my kitchen! Well….. cheers to you for always improving! Never tried a Joe Rickey, but I adore bourbon, so it sounds like my kind of drink!

  7. Delicious and perfect for FF. I am a bit nuts when things aren’t in their place so I can understand your need of this cocktail. 🙂

  8. Oooooh that looks amazing!! 🙂 I’m a huge fan of bourbon… I could use one of these cocktails now 🙂

  9. Angie says:

    That sounds like the east coast version of WI’s old fashion! Yummy! My kitchen is under construction…will make one soon ;)!

  10. They always make renovations look so easy on HGTV, even the setbacks seem to get blown through like nothing! The magic of television haha. I’m sure it will all be worth it in the end though, and in the mean time this cocktail looks like a very yummy way to get through it!

  11. thebrookcook says:

    I have been a part of such renovation “optimism”….
    It all works out in the end!! Cocktails will help you get through it for sure! 🙂 Nice one!

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