Sunday, May 13, 2012
Pete Gugni Wins Big in NYC; Leaves Bedford For Scofflaw
Props go out to Scofflaw bartender Pete Gugni, who won the Plymouth Gin/Liquor.com cocktail contest for the Chicago region in New York over the weekend.
He beat out Sepia's Josh Pearson with The Speedwell Cooler of Plymouth, watermelon, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, absinthe and sea salt.
That may sound like an odd combo, but Gugni said it plays with the idea of sprinkling salt and fennel on watermelon—something he did during childhood.
His big win means that he'll join other regional winners (from Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Francisco) for a lavish, weeklong trip to London in June. Gugni's crossing his fingers that it'll happen during the summer Olympics.
A few weeks ago, Gugni left his partnership with The Bedford to go back behind the stick at Logan Square newcomer Scofflaw. Why?!
"I wanted to get back into bartending full time," he told 312DD. He also felt that his depth of knowledge of gin would be an asset to the gin-focused lounge.