Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are

Drinks Decoded: Gin Rickey

by Lanna Nguyen on Jul 25, 2017 in Liquor

In this series, we take a closer look at well-known cocktails. Get to know the history behind classic drinks as well as where you can find them in the DMV area. This week’s Drinks Decoded takes on The Rickey.

The Basics
DC’s official cocktail is made with either gin or bourbon, sparkling water and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnished with half of a lime, it’s typically served on the rocks in a highball glass. Although whiskey was first used to create the drink, most rickeys these days are of the gin variety. The refreshing drink is perfect for warding off DC’s swamp-like summer days.

The Background
The cocktail is rooted in the nation’s capital, having been invented by bartender George A. Williamson in DC around the 1880s (he allegedly had the help of lobbyist Colonel Joseph Rickey, a regular at Williamson’s bar and whose name lends itself to the cocktail). The story has it that one day Williamson decided to add lime to Rickey’s go-to libation: bourbon with ice and sparkling water, therefore creating the Rickey. A few years later, the drink’s popularity skyrocketed when gin supplanted bourbon as the cocktail’s foundation. In recent years, the Rickey has experienced a resurgence in popularity, especially in DC where the DC Craft Bartenders Guild successfully lobbied to name the Rickey DC’s official cocktail in 2011, as well as naming July National Rickey Month in the district.

The Bars
Celebrate the last week of National Rickey Month by checking out these bars serving up their own interpretation on the classic DC cocktail.

Bar Deco
The rooftop bar in Chinatown serves up its version of the Rickey, made with Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin, Cotton & Reed’s Allspice Dram, lime juice, simple syrup, and garnished with a lime. Sip it on the bar’s rooftop overlooking Chinatown. $13. (717 6th St, NW; 202-774-5867)

Dino’s Grotto
The Italian bistro in Shaw uses local gin from Green Hat in it’s version of the Rickey: lime half, soda, black peppercorn and citrus bitters in addition to Green Hat gin. $10. (1914 9th St, NW; 202-686-2966)

Graffiato
Head to Mike Isabella’s Italian outpost where there are three variations of the Rickey on the menu. For a spicy twist on the original drink, sample the Shot Through the Heart made with Bulleit bourbon, passionfruit, jalapeno, lime, angostura and club soda. $13. (707 6th St, NW; 202-289-3600)

Photo via Bar Deco 

Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
In Case You Had Forgotten, Drew Barrymore Tells Us How to Drink Wine

In Case You Had Forgotten, Drew Barrymore Tells Us How to Drink Wine

Back in April, Drew Barrymore sat down for an interview with Vogue about her latest rose from her wine company...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Aug 15, 2017
Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Donuts

Things No One Asked For: Prosecco Donuts

In case you were tired of drinking Prosecco the regular way, a New York bakery has introduced a new way to imbibe it: a Prosecco donut....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Aug 8, 2017
Wed
Aug 23
Sat
Sep 9
Registration at The Prospect 
SPONSORED
Find happy hours and drink specials anywhere you are
Head to These D.C. Bars for National Rum Day, August 16

Head to These D.C. Bars for National Rum Day, August 16

National Rum Day falls on August 16, and to celebrate, we've pulled together a list of events and specials taking place throughout the month....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Aug 8, 2017
This New York Winery is Producing a Rose-Inspired Gin

This New York Winery is Producing a Rose-Inspired Gin

Can't decide between a gin & tonic and a glass of rose? Thanks to Wolffer Estate Vineyard's newest gin release, you don't have to choose....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 8, 2017
Since Humans Aren't Creative Enough, Robots May Be Naming Our Beers Soon

Since Humans Aren't Creative Enough, Robots May Be Naming Our Beers Soon

Research scientist Janelle Shane decided to take matters into her own hands - well actually, the hands of robo...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Aug 8, 2017
Here's Where You'll Be Celebrating National Rye Month in D.C.

Here's Where You'll Be Celebrating National Rye Month in D.C.

August marks the beginning of Rye Month, and there's no better way to celebrate the grain than by sipping on drinks that are made with it....read more ›

by Lanna Nguyen Aug 1, 2017
Guillermo del Toro and Patron Tequila Collaboration Release

Guillermo del Toro and Patron Tequila Collaboration Release

Guillermo del Toro, Mexican writer, designer, and director for films such as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, is working with Patron Tequila on a new expr...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Aug 1, 2017
Things No One Asked For: The Wine Necklace

Things No One Asked For: The Wine Necklace

Drinking wine can be such a hassle. First, you have to hold the glass in your hand like some kind of animal. Then, if you want to do something with ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Aug 1, 2017
Beer Brand Aurosa Makes Beer 'For Women,' Women Say They Already Have a Beer, and It's Called Beer

Beer Brand Aurosa Makes Beer 'For Women,' Women Say They Already Have a Beer, and It's Called Beer

Throw away your beer stash ladies, because a Czech beer company has made the only beer we will need. The compa...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Aug 1, 2017
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close