For the third year running, the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild is hosting an area-wide Rickey Month contest, inviting bartenders to put their own creative spin on the simple-but-refreshing recipe of gin or bourbon, lime and soda water. Twenty-seven bartenders from 22 bars took up the challenge, which you can sample at such hotspots as Bourbon Steak, PS 7’s, the Passenger and Rasika. To spur the public into exploring (and ordering) more drinks, organizers created a passport-style card that gets punched every time you order a Rickey at a participating bar. After five punches, you qualify for free admission to — and a free drink at — a Rickey Month party at Jack Rose. Six of the city’s best mixologists will take over the bars in the dining room and on the rooftop deck, whipping up their drinks for everyone to sample, including judges who will crown the year’s best Rickey. The first "classic" Rickey is on the house; all specialty drinks are $10 all night. (If you didn’t visit enough bars to qualify for free admission, there’s a $10 cover, which includes one free Rickey.)
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