Finalists, announced via email on Friday, are after the jump, along with a few tasting notes from our team on the ones we tried.
- Gina Chersevani, PS 7′s, Rapture of the Rickey (made with green tea infused with pineapple and yuzu, it’s surprisingly bright and crisp for a bourbon Rickey, with a vanilla finish from the Woodford Reserve)
- David Fritzler, Tryst, Summer Lovin’ Rickey
- Julia Hurst, the Passenger, Rhubarbra Streisand (tastes a lot like rhubarb pie, with the Woodford Reserve’s vanilla note accented by extra vanilla and spices)
- Alexandra Nichols, Estadio, Riquitita (Brittany wrote this one up Friday)
- Jason Strich, Rasika, Plum Rickey
- Chantal Tseng, Tabard Inn, August Rickey (berry-forward, with blue plum brandy and a garnish of frozen blueberries)
The contest and party announcement seemed to come from nowhere this year. We’re still asking around to find out what went wrong with the PR, but I guess we can’t be too surprised that bartenders, of all people, aren’t the most organized planners around (and they make it up by serving us drinks). Jenn, Brittany, and I will all be at the party tonight, and we hope to see you all there.