You might have noticed around these here internets that the Gin Rickey is getting quite healthy praise. In fact, July was “Rickey Month,” an event which culminated in a Rickey mixology competition at Bourboun this past Monday night. Your editor was unfortunately unable to give a first hand report, as he was busy sleeping on the couch at the t/e McMansion. This local praise is well deserved: the Rickey is a wonderful summer drink, competing nightly with the Gin & Tonic for post-work patio refreshment at the manse. Also, evidently it’s DC’s native drink: according to an article in today’s WaPo, it was invented by a former Colonel in the Confederate Army who then became a powerful DC lobbyist. Too bad such a good thing must have such a sordid background. [WaPo]
A side note: a Good Friend of the Blog (let’s call her GFotB for short) makes a fantastic Rickey using the basil she grows in a window box and fresh cucumber. Sometime I’ll get her to describe it for us. A sidenote to this sidenote: GFotB also writes limericks describing DC news events; they’re posted at DistrictLimerick. They have nothing to do with food, but she gets a lot more hits a day than I do, so I’m hoping to drum up some business here. – Ed.