Wigle Whiskey to Host Inaugural Summer Cocktail Cup

Published On May 15, 2015 | By Leah Kennedy | Food & Drink

Photo Cred: Wigle Whiskey

Service industry professionals and barflies alike know that bartenders have a skillset that is all their own. They must provide liquid therapy, light humor, and excellent service to their guests, all while keeping a watchful, cautious eye on the scene. At the same time, they must use pristine dexterity and craftsmanship to create perfection in a cup.

Thus, Wigle Whiskey establishment owners wanted to showcase a few of Pittsburgh’s revered bartenders in the best way they know how to: by hosting the first ever Wigle Whiskey Cocktail Cup. On May 15, the contenders will compete behind the barrelhouse bar and show us what they’ve got by using their wit, creativity, and ability to think on their toes to whip up the best tasting beverage and entice the crowd. The catch? Each must use one specific Wigle Whiskey spirit in the mix. Friday’s featured spirit is Allegheny Wheat Whiskey, and we’re anxiously anticipating what they’ll come up with. Check out a list of the contenders below:

Tom McGraw (right)

Tom McGraw (right)

Tom McGraw

Mixologist Tom McGraw could best be known for his participation in eatPGH’s quarterly dinner series, Urban Supper. This past September, he and Wes Shonk threw down at Urban Supper’s last shindig using none other than Wigle Whiskey spirits. “Pousse-Café” was the last cocktail he whipped up for the night; consisting of Wigle’s Applewood Wheat Whiskey, spiced pear, cinnamon, and maple bacon, it was described as “dessert in a glass” by Pittsburgh foodie, Laura Jackson.

Brady Strayer

Brady Strayer comes forth from Marty’s Market, a unique multipurpose establishment in Pittsburgh which serves as a cafe, coffee bar, and food market. The establishment opened in July of 2012, and has since committed to providing “fun, flavorful, food-centric experiences” to guests. We have a feeling Strayer’s skills will be as versatile as the establishment he represents.

Adam Pardini

"Michelada" - featured drink @ Summit

“Michelada” – featured drink @ Summit

The Summit Pgh’s Adam Pardini is the final competitor in the Cocktail Cup. A frequent hangout for Mt. Washington residents, beer lovers, and cocktail enthusiasts, alike, The Summit is well-known for their innovative drink creations. With experience mixing complicated, off-the-map bevs, Pardini will definitely have much to bring to the table this Friday.

Can’t make the first Cocktail Cup? Not to worry; the competition will be happening monthly all summer long! After three additional rounds following this one, the Final Round will be held on September 11. There, one of the four finalists will receive the championship title. The dates and corresponding spirits used for each upcoming Cocktail Cup are listed below. (participating bartenders TBA)

June 19: Ginever
July 10: Monongahela Rye Whiskey
August 7: Landlocked

Round 1 of the Cocktail Cup will be held Friday, May 15, from 6-9PM at Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse & Whiskey Garden (1055 Spring Garden Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa.). Tickets are $15, include three cocktails, and can still be purchased online.

Come out to indulge on inventive libations, complemented by a summer DJ set, and get to know some of the best bartenders our city has to offer.

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