Washington, D.C.'s Official Drink? The Rickey

Politicians in Washington, D.C. have finally agreed on legislation. The City Council has proclaimed the official Washington drink. The Rickey is made with gin or whiskey, lime juice and club soda. It was invented at a D.C. bar popular with politicians and reporters in 1883.

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Politicians in Washington finally agreed on legislation. It's not a solution to the debt-ceiling crisis. The city council proclaimed the official Washington drink. The Rickey is made with gin or whiskey, lime juice and club soda. It was invented at a D.C. bar popular with politicians and reporters in 1883, back when the credit of the United States was unquestioned. The hotel now on that site is offering the drink at half-price, to celebrate.

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