As July winds to a close, that means the end of the annual Rickey Month cocktail competition. Bartenders from across the area have spent the last month shaking and stirring their variations on the Rickey, D.C.’s native cocktail, which consists of gin or bourbon, lime and soda water.
Thirty-five mixologists whipped up original Rickeys in a quest to be crowned the best, which will happen at a Rickey celebration at Jack Rose on August 5. (If you’ve sampled five Rickeys at participating bars, you get free admission to the party and a free Rickey. Just pick up a passport and get it stamped every time you buy a different cocktail.)
With the finals on the horizon, the D.C. Craft Bartender Guild has announced the finalists who will prepare their Rickeys for judges on the 5th. The list is after the jump, and remember that you can sample any of these Rickeys until August 1, and all will be available at the party for $5 each — though trying to taste them all in an afternoon may be pushing it.
The finalists for the 2012 Rickey Party
Cancion de Rickey (Sam Babcock of Bandolero)
Wooden Chair Rickey (Duane Sylvester and Jamie MacBain, Bourbon Steak)
Stone Cold Rickey (Megan Coyle, Hank’s Oyster Bar Dupont Circle)
I’m Gonna Need For You to Focus, Rickey (Rachel Sergi, Jack Rose)
Rickey Verde (Amy Russell, Jack Rose)
It’s Just So Peachy Clean (Chris Basset, PX)
I Heard Rickey’s a Jerk (Eddie Kim, Room 11)
Rangatira Rickey (Timothy Burt, Tabard Inn)
Rickea (Patrick Owens, Tabard Inn)
The Pink Unicorn (Tia Scagliarini, Tryst)
Smokey Zacate-Limon Rickey (Horus Alvarez, Vinoteca)
Diego Ricardo (Sophie Szych, Virtue Feed and Grain)