James Wampler, Proof & Provisions, Atlanta

Bartenders are just some of the creative tastemakers of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the delicious drinks for our competition. Meet James Wampler from our Atlanta event.

Which classic cocktail is the most underrated?

Hemingway Daiquiri.

What kind of flavors inspire you the most?

Lemon, bourbon.

A drink to pair with pork?

If we are talking bacon or some kind of smoked pork?  I like the Bourbon Renewal.  It’s a basic twist on a whiskey sour with Cassis added to the mix.  The drink compliments the flavors nicely. The sweet and the sour help cleanse the palate while the bourbon and cassis still hold up to the smoke.  

James will compete in the Punch Kings finale, Last Call, on September 30th. Don’t miss out on punches made by some of the country’s finest bartenders!