Whether Washington is a great restaurant town or not (and that debate is too long for this space), we do have our own annual restaurant awards: the RAMMYs, which will be held June 26. From now till then, the masses can sample cocktails from the five restaurants nominated for Mixology/Beverage Program of the Year — and whenever you order one, you can fill out a card to be entered in a drawing to win tickets to the RAMMY gala later this month.

The cocktails hail from Bourbon Steak (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW), Church Key (1337 14th St. NW), Estadio (1520 14th St. NW), Tabard Inn (1739 N St. NW) and Founding Farmers (1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW).

The Founding Farmers cocktail nominee has an unwieldy name — Citros Gengibre ($12) — but is the perfect summer cocktail. Fruity summer drinks are usually a mash of various juices and hard liquor that just taste like sorority party jungle juice, but bartender Jon Arroyo has mixed ginger beer with grapefruit bitters, lemon, mint and cherry brandy for a drink with defined flavors. Oh, and tequila. Oh yes, there is tequila.

Church Key’s drink is vastly different but similarly summery: the Alewife ($11) is a miraculous concoction that mimics the taste of Belgian beer using only honey, egg white, lemon, gin and a housemade tincture of coriander, black pepper and citrus
The winner of the complimentary RAMMY tickets will be chosen on June 20.

Photo by Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post