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It’s been a banner summer for the Rickey. After finally earning the official distinction as D.C.’s native cocktail with much fanfare in July, the local libation is the subject of some intense competition on Monday night, as area mixologists unveil their most creative takes on the drink in pursuit of “Best Rickey 2011” honors. Finalists include PS 7’s Gina Chersevani, Tryst‘s David Fritzler, the Passenger‘s Julia Hurst, Estadio‘s Alexandra Nichols, Rasika‘s Jason Strich, and Tabard Inn‘s Chantal Tseng. The panel of judges will include City Paper‘s own Beerspotter, Orr Shtuhl, author of An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails. The festivities get under way at 6 p.m. at Jack Rose in Adams Morgan. The winner is expected to be crowned around 10 p.m.

Photo by Rachel Tepper