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Reportedly ‘invented’ by lobbyist Colonel Joseph Rickey in the summer of 1883 – the Rickey was first made with Bourbon. The Colonel started the day with his morning hooker / eye-opener at a Pennsylvania Avenue dive-bar, Shoomaker’s. While there are varying stories on how it came about – it’s no question that he made it a popular and long standing beverage here in DC. Wildly so. The drink gained such immediate popularity that the Colonel became one of the first lime importers & purchased the dilapidated bar out of sheer sentiment. Over the next decade, the drink went through a few changes – namely Gin, rather than Bourbon. The soda water and lime remain the same.

Here at the Mutiny Workroom, we fixed up two Rickeys – 1 Gin, 1 Bourbon (for the Colonel) and added our own summer influence. The beautiful Salt & Sundry at Union Market curated our bar goods – the results were perfection.

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We hand selected our gin for this recipe – Monkey 47 Schwarzwald.

With its carefully picked ingredients originating from the Black Forest, it has “the distinct and pure scent of juniper, a tangy and crisp citrus note, a sweet, floral aroma, a hint of peppery spices, subtle bitter fruit, and a deep and harmoniously balanced complexity with a tremendously racy finish." Recently having made its way to the States, it’s really unique.

2 ounces Monkey 47
½ ounce Strawberry Fennel Simple Syrup
Club Soda or Seltzer Water
Lime Wheel

Pour Monkey 47 Gin over a Collins-type glass filled with ice, then add the Strawberry Fennel Simple Syrup. Place all in shaker and shake it thoroughly. Pour back into serving glass and top it off with soda water & add lime wedge.

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Van Brunt’s Stillhouse Bourbon was the selection for the Bourbon Rickey. Van Brunt is a small distillery in Red Hook offering 4 products – Moonshine, Grappa, Bourbon & Rum. The bourbon spirit offers notes of caramel, vanilla, dried fruit and peppery spice – very easy served neat & its flavor adds a nice dimension to the Rickey.

2 ounces Stillhouse Bourbon
1 ounce fresh lime juice (one lime)
lime slices
Club Soda or Seltzer Water
Fresh Mint

Muddle the whole lime in the bottom of the glass, rather than squeezing the juice in. Add ice to the brim (typically the Rickey is in a Collins glass – we used a variation). Add bourbon and lime wedges & give the mixture a toss between two glasses to harmonize – we’re a little rough when we make ours. Pouring back into the serving glass – top off with the seltzer or club soda. Mint if desired.

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