The D.C. Craft Bartender’s Guild’s 2014 Rickey Competition on Sunday at Jack Rose Dining Saloon honored a new set of mix masters, tapsters and would-be sailors who successfully reinterpreted the city’s native cocktail.
When all was said and done, Lukas Smith of Daikaya beat out his fellow competitors with the “Supafly Rickey.” Second place went to Dustin Beruta from Cashion’s Eat Place with the “Vanilla-Key Rickey.” Third went to Casey Hristakos from Sixth Engine with the “Rickey Del Mar.”
Supafly is a smooth blend of Half Moon Gin, sweet potato soda and rose blossom water. Sweet potato soda, you say? Yes, they used fermentation of the root vegetable to create the ingredient. A single (sometimes superfluous) blade of lemon grass served as garnish.
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Lukas himself donned a soviet-era military hat and was surrounded by fellow bartenders dressed like loud, drunken sailors. “Rum, sodomy and the lash” Winston Churchill said are the gist of British naval tradition. The handful of seamen behind the bar at Jack Rose seemed all too familiar with that grand tradition.
Guild president Owen Thomson and vice president Dan Searing were the masters of ceremonies. Searing held the trophy up for all to see as the winner and runner up were announced. Over 50 bars and restaurants participated from around the city.
It is difficult work judging that many cocktails. Guild organizers took nearly 20 days to round up participating bartenders to make their drink for the judges. The finalists were whittled down to seven for the main event.
“I had to drink 52 rickeys myself,” Thomson said.
2014 Rickey Competition Finalists
- Lukas Smith from Daikaya with “Supafly Rickey”
- Dustin Beruta from Cashion’s Eat Place with “Vanilla-Key Rickey”
- Casey Hristakos from Sixth Engine with “Rickey Del Mar”
- Jo-Jo Valenzuela from Sixth Engine with “Asian Wickey”
- Eve Maier from Hank’s Oyster Bar with “Yabba Dabba Dorickey”
- Galen Odell-Smedley from Mockingbird Hill with “High Rock Rickey”
- Brian Nixon from Rose’s Luxury with “Rickey #7”