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Local liquor aficionados will join D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans on Thursday in reading an official proclamation declaring the Rickey as Washington’s native cocktail, according to the AP. July will be officially known as “Rickey month” in the District. Some quick history: the Rickey, made with gin or whiskey, fresh lime juice and club soda, was invented in 1883 at Shoomaker’s, a noted hangout for journos and politicos. The J.W. Marriott hotel now sits on the Shoomaker’s site, which is located across the street from the Wilson Building. At the Marriott’s 1331 Bar and Lounge, the cocktail will be offered at half-price for the rest of the month.
Two summers ago, Y&H alum Tim Carman spent a “bleary-eyed evening” with passionate Rickey advocate Derek Brown of the Passenger and forthcoming Rogue 24, discussing the drink’s history and Brown’s campaign to have the native bevvie declared D.C.’s official cocktail. I guess Brown can now quaff in peace, knowing the boozy effort was not in vain.