After weeks of competition, the final eight contestants have been chosen for the DC Craft Bartenders Guild's annual Rickey Championship. On Sunday at Jack Rose, they'll whip up their Rickeys for the general public. As a rule, a rickey is just a refreshing mix of gin or whiskey with lime juice and soda water, but these talented bartenders have each put their own twist on the cocktail. The Route One Rickey, for example, created by Sophie Szych of Quill, involves rye whiskey, a caramelized key lime shrub and a house-made cream soda.
The $35 admission to the final party includes unlimited rickeys from 4 to 8 p.m. and passed hors d'oeuvres. Tickets will be sold at the door only.
The finalists for the Rickey Competition:
It Puts the Lime in the Coconut by Jason R Swaringen of Gypsy Soul
La Polola de Rickey by Mick Perrigo of El Camino
The Rickey Fowler by Daniel McCombie of the Coupe
Rickey went to H Mart by Sarah Rosner of Breadsoda
Rizal by Jo-Jo Valenzuela of Brine
Route One Rickey by Sophie Szych of Quill
Seeing Red by Rachel Sergi of Lincoln
Vainglorious Bastard by Michael Vincent Barton of Dram & Grain
Jack Rose, 2007 18th St. NW. 202-588-7388. www.jackrosediningsaloon.com.