The Ginvitational: A Celebration of Cocktails

Sunday, June 9

Musikfest Café

The Ginvitational is a cocktail and food celebration featuring bourbon, vodka, gin, and much more. You will be introduced to spirits from a long list of local, national and international distillers, including the Ginvitational Premium Access Lounge sponsor Edrington, who will be featuring their Wyoming Whiskey.

Join Jay Nee of Juniper and Grain as he presents those spirits along with educational seminars to take your cocktail knowledge and skills to the next level for your own house party hosting! Thanks to our Restaurant sponsor YMI Insurance and our Education sponsor Campari!

We’ll also have food from some of the area’s best restaurants, including Mr. Lee’s Noodles, Pennsylvania Rye Company, The Wilbur Mansion, The Bayou, Nick’s BBQ, and Colonial Pizza & Spaghetti. And NiteLiters LLC will be spinning soul, funk, and lounge classics the whole time!


  • an Aperol Spritz Bar!
  • a Negroni station!


  • Edrington (Wyoming Whiskey)
  • 375 Park
  • Allegheny Distilling LLC/Maggie’s Farm
  • Barr Hill
  • Black River Farms & Wardog Spirits
  • Bluebird Distilling
  • Boardroom Spirits
  • Botl’d
  • Campari
  • Christmas City Spirits
  • County Seat Spirits LLC
  • Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits
  • Doan Distillery
  • Hotaling & Co
  • Kilimanjaro Distillery LLC
  • Magical Spirits
  • Oasis Wine & Spirits LLC
  • Palm Bay International/Drumshambo Gunpowder Irish Gin
  • Social Still Distillery
  • St. George Spirits
  • Stray Dog Spirits LLC
  • Thistle Finch Distilling

This is a 21+ event.

Premium Access

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Buy Tickets

Premium AccessFeb. 20-Mar 19Mar 20-June 2June 3-9
ArtsQuest Member Price$59$64$69

Premium Access ticket holders get:

  • access to the Whiskey Forward Classic Cocktails seminar from Edrington at 11 a.m., where you’ll learn more about the Outryder Manhattan, Single Barrel Old Fashioned, Small Batch Negroni, and a special Whiskey Sour.
  • a branded flask from Edrington
  • exclusive access to The Ginvitational from 12-1 p.m.
  • exclusive access to the Edrington Wyoming Whiskey lounge
  • exclusive spirits!

General Admission

1-4 p.m.

Buy Tickets

General AdmissionFeb. 20-Mar 19Mar 20-June 2June 3-9
ArtsQuest Member Price$24$29$34
  • Access to seminars
  • Samples of spirits

Educational Seminars

Educational seminars include, but will not be limited to:

  • “Anatomy of a Cocktail” – Recipe fundamentals and basic building blocks to cocktail creation
  • “5 for 20” – 5 modifiers and base spirits to yield 20 different cocktails
  • “Culinary Applications of Syrups” – Syrups and tinctures in cocktails
  • “Eggwhite Cocktails” – Form and function and mouthfeel
  • “Garnishes: Why and How” – Learn how to create an elevated cocktail with proper use of garnishes
  • “A Lesson in Digestion” – Deep dive into the Amaro category

Thanks to our Restaurant sponsor YMI Insurance and our Education sponsor Campari!

The Ginvitational Seminar Educators are: Hillary Carrigan, Tyler Chambers, Lucas Heckenberger, Neil Heimsoth, Melissa Lozada, Maximilian Ur, and Aindrea Williams.

Jay Nee brings more than twenty years of beverage hospitality experience to the table. Since moving to the Lehigh Valley from New England a little over 15 years ago, he has worked in the beverage hospitality industry in a number of roles. He helped develop one of the most interesting wine programs in the area and launched a recurring wine education night that has entertained hundred of guests. He has gone on to present more than 400 wine, beer and spirits events for thousands of guests.

Wyoming Whiskey Edrington Barr Hill YMI Insurance