Donnie Pratt of Cucina24 Wins Bar Wars AVL 2015!

Donnie Pratt of Cucina24, guest bartending at Seven Sows 


Congratulations to the Bar Wars AVL 2015 Champion, Donnie Pratt of Cucina24 !

A very well made cocktail, the Speyside Square, took home the wiining prize and is pictured below.

All 4 finalists had to make cocktails featuring Drambuie, and Donnie's had :

  • Drambuie
  • Blended Scotch
  • Jamaican Rum
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Angostora
  • Peychauds

His nonprofit partner, Open Doors of Asheville, won with a matching financial gift from Town and Mountain Realty.

Thank you all for a great event!

– Mary Rich

Spirit Savy Cocktails


To see a full list of the participating bars/restaurants and nonprofits, click < here > 


Vote for Best Bar Wars AVL 2015 Cocktail

Ten Asheville bars/restaurants applied to compete in the 2nd Annual Bar Wars AVL presented by Spirit Savvy Cocktails. They all picked local nonprofits who would benefit $4 from each specialty cocktail they would create and serve for 2 weeks. The special ingredient this year is Reyka Vodkahand crafted in the country which was to provide the inspiration for the cocktails: Iceland. Land of Bjork and Volcanoes; aquamarine hot springs and Vikings. 

With names like "Guakar's Gimlet", "Ulgan", and "Engifermjólk", the participants definitely ran with the concept and showed off their creativity as bartenders and mixologists. 

Check out all the entires and their ingredients below, and if you drink, don't miss out on sipping on some this weekened before Bar Wars AVL comes to a close on Sunday, April 5th.

Don't forget to VOTE online for any of the cocktails you sample since you help determine who will not only win the People's Choice favorite but who also will be among the finalists competing in the final Mix Off at Asheville Music Hall on Tuesday, April 7th at 5:30pm for the overall win.

Tickets are just $5 and gets you a sample of the drinks from the 4 chosen finalists.


(That's Icelandic for Cheers.)


Aloft Hotel (XYZ Lounge) - benefiting Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue 

Love Potion 828

Reyka Vodka 
Lavender Symple Honey
Simple Syrup
Muddled Blueberries and Slice of Lemon
Top with Good Bros Mixed Berry Ginger Brew
Lemon and Blueberry Garnish
Serve on ice or Straight Up
Love Potion 828 by XYZ Lounge at Aloft Hotel

Cucina 24 - benefitting Open Doors of Asheville

St. Thorlac's Sling

Reyka Vodka 
Pineapple Shrub
Creme de Cacao
Dashes of Brennivin tincture
Add all ingredients into aTin
Shake with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins glass
Top with Soda
Garnish with Pineapple Slice
St. Thorlac's Sling by Cucina 24


The Junction - benefitting Asheville GreenWorks

The Liberal Nordic

“Did you know it was greener in Iceland and Icier in Greenland?  You can’t blame that misconception on the Vikings.”
Reyka Vodka
Fabrizia Limoncello
The Liberal Nordic by The Junction - Bar Wars AVL 2015
The Liberal Nordic by The Junction 

King James Public House - benefitting MANNA Foodbank

Alarm Call

1.5 oz Reyka Vodka
.5 oz Benedictine
1 oz house rhubarb-rosemary shrub
Tsp house blueberry syrup
Strained over fresh ice
Topped with soda
Garnished with a rosemary sprig, flower, and rhubarb ribbon
Alarm Call by King James Public House - Bar Wars AVL 2015
Alarm call by King James Public House

Laughing Seed - benefitting Asheville Humane Society


Reyka Vodka 
Sage and Black Peppercorn
Shaken and served over Shaved Ice Spheres with Green and Red Vegetable Juice Aurora
Edible Gold Stars
Aurora by Laughing Seed

Pulp - benefitting  Moog Foundation


(Two part shooter)

Part 1
"Vodka Ice" with 
Reyka Vodka 
Citrus Frozen Jelly
Finished with Raspberry Caviar
Part 2
Reyka Vodka
Candied Ginger
Ulgan by Pulp Asheville - Bar Wars AVL 2015
Ulgan by Pulp

Rhubarb - benefitting Eliada Homes

Gaukur's Gimlet 

Rhubarb infused Reyka Vodka 
Fresh Lime
House BItters
Gaukur's Gimlet by Rhubarb


Social Lounge - benefitting WNCAP

Engifermjólk Ginger Milk

Fresh Grated Ginger
Fresh MInt
Give it a hard muddle...
Reyka Vodka
Egg White
Powdered Sugar
...shake it, baby...
Serve with fresh nutmeg and mint sprig!
Engifermjólk by Social Lounge

Sovereign Remedies - benefitting Patchwork Urban Farms 

Patchwork Flip

Reyka Vodka
All Spice Dram
Cold Brew
Farm Egg
Pappy Van Winkle 15 year Bourbon Ice Cream
Patchwork Flip by Sovereign Remedies Bar Wars AVL 2015
Patchwork Flip by Sovereign Remedies


Zambra - benefitting Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Fires of Skafta 

It's the literal meaning of the worst volcano in Iceland's history. It erupted for a year straight in 1783.

It's inspired by many of the Icelandic peoples tastes.

Reyka Vodka
Porter Beer
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Black Lava Sea Salt
Mesquite smoke
Flower garnish
(Neala has made a vegan version as well, since Brother Wolf has recently gone vegan!)
Fires of Skafta by Zambra - Bar Wars AVL 2015
Fires of Skafta by Zambra