The bar is even better known for the Rickey’s creation story. "The Rickey was invented by George Williamson, who was the bartender and president of Shoomaker’s," Brown explains. "He invented it, purportedly by taking Colonel Joe Rickey’s regular drink, which was a bourbon soda, and squeezing a lime and dropping it in," Brown says. "Apparently, Rickey didn’t like it, and he especially didn’t like it when people started calling the drink after him," Peck adds. "And yet the name stuck, because it was invented at his bar."
In 2011, Brown and Peck spearheaded the effort to designate the Rickey as DC’s official cocktail. "Using Prohibition in Washington, DC as evidence for the Rickey, we approached Jack Evans on the City Council, and asked them if we could get an official proclamation declaring the Rickey to be DC’s official cocktail," Peck recalls. They expected it to be a long, circuitous process, but the strength of their case made things easy. "We had the proclamation three weeks later," Peck says.