The Dish: D.C.’s Native Cocktail

by Editorial

J.W. Marriott hosts an event to honor the naming of The Rickey as the district’s official drink.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton unveils a plaque honoring the birthplace of The Rickey cocktail. (photo by Zaid Hamid)

The Rickey may be over 120 years old, but it’s hangin’ in there strong.

Washingtonians gathered at the J.W. Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, for D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans’ announcement of The Rickey, made with ingredients like gin or bourbon and a splash of lime, being officially named the district’s native cocktail.

First created in 1880 by bartender George A. Williamson, The Rickey was born at Shoomaker’s Bar, the location where the J.W. Marriott now sits.  In honor of this official naming, the J.W. Marriot hosted an event at the 1331 Bar & Lounge, inside the hotel.

Special guests included writer and bartender Derek Brown, author and historian Garrett Peck and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who unveiled a plaque honoring the birthplace of the Rickey Shoomakers cocktails.   Also in attendance was a number of bartenders from the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.

Guest enjoyed a seemingly endless supply of The Rickey cocktails.

The district’s native cocktail will be available at half-price at the J.W. Marriott through July.

Writer and bartender Derek Brown Author of "Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't" Garrett Peck at the J.W. Marriott. (photo by Zaid Hamid)

Jason Strich from Rasika and Chantel Tseng from Tabard Inn at the Rickey cocktail event. (photo by Zaid Hamid)

Cocktail guru Eric Felten and Angie Salame of the Laughing Cocktail. (photo by Zaid Hamid)

Washingtonians gathered at the J.W. Marriott to honor the Rickey cocktail. (photo by Zaid Hamid)

Bourbon and gin Rickey cocktails. (photo courtesy of Mark Indre, J.W. Marriott)

The plaque honoring the birthplace of The Rickey, Shoomaker's bar, where the J.W. Marriott hotel is now located (photo by Zaid Hamid)

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