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[rik-ee] /ˈrɪk i/
(Wesley) Branch, 1881–1965, U.S. baseball executive. Unabridged
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a cocktail consisting of gin or vodka, lime juice, and soda water, served iced: a gin rickey
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C19: of uncertain origin
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alcoholic drink made with carbonated water and lime juice, 1895; reputedly from the name of "Colonel" Joseph K. Rickey (1842-1903), Democrat, of Callaway County, Missouri, U.S., lobbyist and wire-puller, who is said to have concocted it to entertain political friends.

And as long as there is thirst and limes, or lemons and gin, so long will the Honorable Joe Rickey be remembered in Missouri and his famous beverage tickle the palates of discriminating citizens. A hundred summers hence Joe Rickey will be called and Champ Clark and DeArmond forgotten. ["The Conservative," Nebraska City, Neb., July 6, 1899.]

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