Tales of the Cocktail is right around the corner and the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail Official Cocktail Competition has begun. Mutineer is pleased to have once again teamed up with Tales to sponsor this competition. This year’s theme is the Rickey cocktail, which bartenders are invited to make their own version of in hopes of it being crowned the official cocktail of the 2013 Tales of the Cocktail.
The Rickey dates back to the late 1800’s when George A. Williamson, a bartender at Shoomaker’s bar in Washington, D.C., would combine a base spirit with half a lime and sparkling mineral water for a Democratic lobbyist named Colonel Joseph Kyle Rickey. To encourage creativity in reinterpreting this classic drink, the guidelines for the competition are pretty loose. Any base spirit and any type of citrus is allowed, it just must be defined by three overarching characteristics:
1. It must be tart
2. It must have a carbonated element
3. It must be refreshing
“What makes the Rickey such a great drink, besides being so refreshing, is that it’s so simple. Spirit, lime, soda. Toss the shell in and go. That means it’s not only easy to make but open to endless possibilities,” said Derek Brown, owner of the Columbia Room in Washington, D.C. “Bartenders have their work cut out for them in this contest. It takes skill to add to such a straightforward drink and yet retain its original character.”
Among other prizes, the winner of the competition will be featured in Mutineer Magazine. Recipes must be in by April 24. For full rules and details, visit Tales of the Cocktail.