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 Vodka, hand 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.)
Ulgan by Pulp
Rhubarb - benefitting Eliada Homes
Rhubarb infused Reyka Vodka
Gaukur's Gimlet by Rhubarb
Social Lounge - benefitting WNCAP
Engifermjólk Ginger Milk
Fresh Grated Ginger
Give it a hard muddle...
...shake it, baby...
Serve with fresh nutmeg and mint sprig!
Engifermjólk by Social Lounge
Sovereign Remedies - benefitting Patchwork Urban Farms
All Spice Dram
Pappy Van Winkle 15 year Bourbon Ice Cream
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.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Black Lava Sea Salt
(Neala has made a vegan version as well, since Brother Wolf has recently gone vegan!)
Fires of Skafta by Zambra