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From the beginning of Capital Cooking, we've been trying to figure out exactly what makes up DC native cuisine. While we still don't completely know the answer, we now know that DC does have a native cocktail. The nation’s capital is the birthplace of the rickey, a classic cocktail made with gin or whiskey, fresh lime juice and club soda.
1 shot Beefeater 24 gin
Garnish: Lime wedge
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add juice of 1/2 lime, gin and fill with soda water. Garnish with the lime wedge.
On Thursday, D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans joined cocktail aficionados to read a proclamation declaring the rickey as Washington’s native cocktail and declared July as rickey month in the district.
The rickey was invented in 1883 at Shoomaker’s, a bar once frequented by politicians and journalists. The J.W. Marriott hotel now sits on the Shoomaker’s site, across the street from the John A. Wilson Building, D.C.’s city hall. Marriott’s 1331 Bar and Lounge will offer rickeys at half-price for the rest of the month.