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Newport Cocktail Wars Hosts Espresso Martini Competition

By December 2, 2021Rhode Island, Top News

The second annual Espresso Martini Contest, orchestrated by Cocktail Wars Founder and Newport Bartender and Historian, John Begin, took place on Halloween day at Bar & Board Bistro in Newport. Area bartenders, including Alexis Ward, The Pub In Matunuck; Mitchell Swass, Breakwaters Cigar & Whiskey Lounge; John Edgell, Diego’s Newport; Jarrod Blanchette, Guisto and Sarah Fimple, Yagi Noodles, showcased their craft cocktail skills using Bully Boy Vodka from sponsor, Bully Boy Distillers of Boston, as the base spirit. The winning bartender was Jarrod Blanchette from Guisto, with his cocktail Peanut Butter Jelly Time, which featured Borghetti Espresso Liqueur, Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey and roasted Lambrusco grape-infused Bully Boy Vodka. The espresso martini win was the second year in a row for Guisto.

Photos by Laura Widness.


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