The daisy doesn’t sound like much of a threat. But its namesake cocktail is soon to become the centerpiece of a local mixed-drink war.
Spirit Savvy Cocktails will host Bar Wars AVL Tuesday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 30. The competition will call upon local bartenders to create their own twist on the daisy, a cocktail dating from the late 1800s. The refreshing and fruity drink is composed of citrus, spirit, sugar, a cordial and soda water. Each contestant will put his or her own spin on the time-tested formula with the hope of winning the title for the cocktail’s top crafter.
Bar Wars isn’t only about competition; it’s about cooperation. Participating establishments will funnel a portion of each daisy sale to a charity of their choosing. Spirit Savvy owner Mary Rich says the event combines her mission to “raise awareness of great craft cocktails and the really talented bartenders we have in Asheville” while helping local charities raise money. She describes the event as a true “win-win” for everyone.
During the competition period, customers will be able to taste the different cocktails and cast their votes online at spiritsavvycocktails.com. The four bartenders that get the most votes will go on to a live, final mix-off. The finalists will then create another type of cocktail that will be announced on the website. The grand winner will have his charitable contribution matched by area businesses.
At press time, Spirit Savvy was still busy signing up restaurants and bars to participate. Confirmed establishments thus far include: Nightbell, MG Road, Bull and Beggar, 151 at Hotel Indigo, Metro Wines and Pulp. Before the start of the competition, a full list of participants will be available on the Spirit Savvy website and at the event’s Facebook Page, Bar Wars AVL.
So get ready to drink some daisies and join the fray. War is rarely this tasty.
by Mike Franco