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Cocktail Wars at Kawa Ni Round One Features Regional Talent

By April 26, 2015Connecticut, Top News
Carl Summa, USBG CT Chapter Vice President, Bar Manager at Main Street Grill, and The Cocktail Chemist partner, took second with The Chinese Connection. Photo by Stephanie Webster c/o

The first of seven cocktail competitions held at Westport’s Kawa Ni, designed to showcase craft cocktail programs, yielded a winner from New York on March 24, 2015. The series, organized by Jeff Marron, beverage manager for Kawa Ni, The Whelk, and leFarm, continues at Kawa Ni on May 11; June 22; Aug. 3; Sept. 14; Oct. 26; and the final is scheduled for Nov. 15, at The Whelk. Judges were Mimi McLaughlin, Saugatuck Grain & Grape; Joe Farrel, Walrus + Carpenter; Adam Rotman, Walrus + Carpenter; Daniel Del Farraro, OmnomCT; Andrea Viscuso, OmnomCT; and Sarah Green, CTBites contest winner for a judging slot. Of the field competitors, Carlos Garcia of Rhode Island took third place, Connecticut’s Carl Summa came in second, and Jon Kraus of New York took first place. The sponsoring spirit was Appleton Estate Rum and the secret ingredient was Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur.

Photos 2, 3, 4, 5 by Stephanie Webster c/o .

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