Award-Winning Mixologist Wows D.C. Crowd
Washington, D.C.—Renowned mixologist Caterina Miltenberger showcased her award-winning cocktails at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s 10th Annual Toast to Congress reception last night in Washington, D.C. Miltenberger is Corporate Mixologist for Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors, a member company of WSWA, based in Dallas.
Miltenberger traveled to Washington, D.C., to share her original cocktail recipes that she created for WSWA’s inaugural “Wholesaler Iron Mixologist” Competition at the organization’s 68th Annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando in April. Miltenberger stole the show as she won two of the three categories in addition to best of show. The competition challenged six mixologists from WSWA member companies to create cocktails with a secret ingredient announced at the start of the competition. Mixologists worked from the same ingredients and brands from their respective portfolios.
Among the drinks that Miltenberger mixed for the D.C. crowd included the Passion Gimlet (Best Long Drink) and the Sao Paulo Batida (Best Desert Drink), both winners at the Wholesaler Iron Mixologist competition. Miltenberger also showcased a third drink, Pom & Circumstance, a champagne aperitif to kick off the night. The keys to Miltenberger’s creative cocktails that she featured during the event included using fresh ingredients and a variety of top liquor brands, including Don Q Rum, Effen Cucumber Vodka, New Amsterdam Gin, Sobieski Karamel Vodka, Maker's 46 and Moët & Chandon Champagne.
“It was exciting for me to share the winning cocktails, plus the aperitif, with the crowd last night,” Miltenberger said. However, Miltenberger added, “It is a much different atmosphere when you are creating cocktails from scratch in front of a panel of judges. During the competition, I was in the zone and ‘in it to win it.’ Last night’s event allowed me to share with the crowd my thought process that went in to making the drinks and answer questions they had about creating cocktails of their own.”
Miltenberger’s passion for entertaining and her innate ability in combining spirits, essences, foods and flavors together comes from her first generation Sicilian-American heritage. Growing up in the restaurant business also sparked her interest in the hospitality industry. Now 18 years in the hospitality industry, she has forged a reputation as one of Dallas’ most well-known mixologists, captivating audiences with her refined knowledge of spirits and trend-setting cocktails.
WSWA member wholesaler companies are well-known for their logistical expertise, but many do not know about other aspects of their businesses, such as brand building, creating and designing drink menus, and of course, employing corporate mixologists and sommeliers to educate restaurants, bars and the public about the latest trends in the beverage alcohol industry.
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