Hop Toad Rickey

Courtesy of Chantal Tseng, The Tabard Inn, Washington, DC

Chantal Tseng combines aromatic gin, lime, and verbena with earthy Matcha tea and in-season peach juice for an inspired take on the Rickey that “combines an historic playfulness with an earthy, herby and fruity sensibility.”

-Kelly Magyarics

  • 1 1/2 oz. Hendricks Gin
  • Juice of 1 ½ key limes and their shells
  • 3-4 oz. Matcha tea/Peach siphoned soda (See Note)

  • Dash Verbena Essence (or a lemon verbena leaf smacked or muddled to release oils)

  • Sprig of Lemon Basil, for garnish

Fill a tall glass with cracked ice. Add gin, lime juice and shells, soda and verbena essence or leaf. Stir, and garnish with a sprig of lemon basil.

Note: For the siphoned soda, Tseng brews Matcha tea and mixes it with peach juice in a two to one ratio, then adds 8-10 drops of her housemade Verbena Essence and about a half teaspoon of Xanthum gum for texture before charging the mixture in a soda siphon. For an easier mixer, combine the Matcha tea/peach juice with carbonated water, to taste.

Published on July 28, 2010