The event features a cocktail competition with several local restaurants, who will create their own special moonshine infusions using fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in Onyx's high-proof "111" moonshine. Guests and a panel of judges will choose the winning cocktail.
Competitors include Cugino's Restaurant in Farmington; Eli Cannon's in Middletown; Firebox in Hartford; Front Street Bistro in Hartford; Krust in Middletown; Market Grille in Manchester; Pond House Grill in Glastonbury; Tuscany Grill in Middletown; Wood-n-Tap (various locations); Oyster Club in Mystic and Cavey's in Manchester. Cocktails are complemented by food from Wood-n-Tap and dessert by NoRA Cupcake Company of Middletown.
Guests are encouraged to dress in black tie or Prohibition-era garb (flapper dresses, vintage tuxedos) Swing band Postmodern Jukebox performs, setting the scene with retro ragtime covers of modern hits.
Tickets are $75, available through Groupon through Aug. 31. Only 250 tickets will be sold. The Wadsworth Mansion is at 421 Wadsworth Street in Middletown.