The Colonel Would Have Raised a Glass Aug06

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The Colonel Would Have Raised a Glass


Those of us who make drinks should be so fortunate as to have our obituaries begin like this: “Col. Joseph Karr Rickey, famous throughout the country as the originator of the concoction bearing his name, died suddenly yesterday. . . .”

That was from the April 24, 1903, edition of the New York Times: Yes, once upon a time, people had their priorities straight and duly noted the important things in life. Rickey had fought in the Confederate Army, spent years as an influential lobbyist and “was one of a quartet of famous Colonels who were known in nearly every city in the country.” But it was the lime rickey, the refreshing drink he enjoyed on hot days alongside members of Congress at Shoemaker’s Bar on Pennsylvania Avenue, that seems to have been his lasting achievement. Read the full article at >>

“Bartenders have always been suckers for exotic or novel ingredients,” wrote Derek Brown, one of the event’s organizers, in an e-mail. “Ice, in fact, is one of the first novel ingredients. You don’t hear so-called purists harkening back to the days when the Sling was served hot or room temperature and cursing the day ice became widely available.”