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Cocktail Wars Newport Features Connecticut Spirits

By February 1, 2023Connecticut, Rhode Island, Top News

Spirits from Connecticut’s Litchfield Distillery were featured in the latest installment of Cocktail Wars, hosted in the Safari Room at Newport’s OceanCliff Hotel on Dec. 11. During the holiday-themed cocktail competition, led by Cocktail Wars Newport Founder, Bartender and Historian John Begin, five local bartenders were challenged to create their best craft cocktails featuring Litchfield Distillery Straight Rye Whiskey. Competitors Melissa Meier, Bar ‘Cino and La Vecina; Christina Sturm, Scotty’s Big Dawg’s Pub; Sam Phelps; Gabi Oliva, Caleb & Broad; and Justin Cicero squared off for judges and spectators, who enjoyed tastes and voted for their favorites. Litchfield Distillery Brand Ambassador Douglas Maloney was in attendance to educate guests and served as a judge, among other select local bar professionals. The winner was Melissa Meier, Bar ‘Cino and La Vecina, and the runner-up was Gabi Oliva, Caleb & Broad. The People’s Choice winner was Christina Sturm, Scotty’s Big Dawg’s Pub. Nestled in the hills of northwest Connecticut, Litchfield Distillery batches its spirits, each made from the highest-quality, regionally harvested grains and fruit, never using artificial ingredients or sweeteners. The line is distributed by Johnson Bros. of Rhode Island.


Photos by Adam Haley.


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