By Alison Bailin Batz
Photo by Debby Wolvos
When The Whining Pig opened its Desert Ridge location last year, it marked a new era for the local brand.
“Our other locations to date had been cozy haunts that served beer and wine only, plus a small food menu. At over 4,000 square feet, the Desert Ridge space lent itself to adding something new. Enter Pigtails,” says bar manager Kyla Dahl.
Pigtails is a 2,500-square-foot hidden bar located inside The Whining Pig Desert Ridge. Accessible via a dark hallway, the speakeasy-style bar mostly offers a combination of classic and modern cocktails.
And then there are options like the Negroni Treaty ($10), a modern take on a classic cocktail.
“We challenged our team to each develop a riff on the cocktail for Negroni Week in June,” says Dahl, who created the Treaty. “We put them all on our menu for that one week and were blown away by the response.”
Given the positive feedback, when the fall menu rolled out in September, the Negroni Treaty made the cut.
It starts with citrus-forward Bluecoat Dry Gin and Campari, the key ingredient in any proper Negroni and known for its bitter orange flavor.
“My twist is subbing out the traditional sweet vermouth in the cocktail for a fortified blend of three sherries: sweet Portuguese Madeira, nutty Amontillado, and creamy Pedro Ximénez,” Dahl says.
She also adds Tiki bitters before stirring, pouring into a Nick and Nora glass, and garnishing with a burnt orange twist.
“It’s silkier than a traditional Negroni and has great notes of baking spice for fall,” Dahl says.
Pigtails at The Whining Pig, 21001
N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix; 480.500.5358; www.thewhiningpig.com.