Larry: Wow, this guy is loaded. I mean sheesh. I’ve never seen a guy with a walk-in mailbox. I mean he’s rich. Hey, who am I talking to?” [Rings doorbell]
Larry: Yeah, uh… Hi, my-my name is Larry. I’m here to see Mr. Burns.
Smithers: Well, I hate to break it to you, Larry, but if Mr. Burns ever wants to see a stranger, he will observe him through a powerful telescope.
Mr. Burns: Who are you? How dare you interrupt my lime rickey!
– Burns, Baby Burns (The Simpsons Season 8 – Episode 4)
According to my extensive Lime Rickey research (ahem: Wikipedia): Most rickeys are made with gin…also known as a lime rickey, particularly in its virgin cocktail variant served at soda fountains on the U.S. east coast.
Since we know Mr. Burns went to Yale, which will always be first in gentlemanly club life, we know that he has spent time on the U.S. east coast. But the real question is: which kind of Lime Rickey is he drinking, the alcoholic or non-alcoholic? Since the beverage is in a decidedly soda fountain-esque cup, I’m going to guess non-alcoholic, but I made the alcoholic one too because why not?
- 4 ounces Lime Juice
- 2 ounces Simple Syrup (optional for the alcoholic version)
- 8 ounces Carbonated water
- 1-2 ounces of Gin (for the alcoholic version)
Non-Alcoholic Lime Rickey: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add lime juice, simple syrup and top with carbonated water.
Alcoholic Lime Rickey: Fill a shaker with ice. Add lime juice and gin and shake until mixed. Pour into an ice filled glass and top with carbonated water.
Apparently an alcoholic Lime Rickey contains very little sugar, which is why the simple syrup is listed as optional. However, I’m not really a fan of gin so I found the additional of sugar quite necessary. The non-alcoholic Lime Rickey was ok, but kind of bland. Given that Mr. Burns doesn’t like ethnic food (including donuts) a bland drink like this seems like his kind of drink.
Cromulence: Non-Alcoholic Lime Rickey 6 Too Many Grandmas out of 10 / Alcoholic Lime Rickey 5 Too Many Grandmas out of 10
Lime Rickey Recipe From: Burns, Baby Burns (The Simpsons Season 8 – Episode 4)