Cocktail Wars at Hotel Viking

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Spirits & Stogies - photo credit Zach Schavone

Ladies and gentlemen, start your blenders!

Hotel Viking is hosting Round 2 of the 2017 Cocktail Wars Summer Splash competition on July 16 in Newport, with top mixologists from the City by the Sea’s best bars — including the hotel’s own Brad Head — battling for bragging rights.

Sponsored this year by Broken Shed Vodka, Cocktail Wars Newport features 16 bartenders competing in seven rounds of stirring and shaking action throughout July and August, culminating in a final showdown on Aug. 12 at Newport Vineyards. Each bartender will have to create three original cocktails using their own ingredients plus Broken Shed Vodka.

Hotel Viking will host Round 2 at the Top of Newport on Sunday, July 16 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free — and so are the samples of the cocktails created by the competitors!

The complete schedule for the 2017 Cocktail Wars Summer Splash is:

Round 1: Sunday, July 9, Christie’s: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Round 2: Sunday, July 16, Hotel Viking, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Round 3: Sunday, July 23, Vanderbilt Grace, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Round 4: Sunday, July 30, Gurney’s, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Semi Finals: Sunday, Aug. 6, Marriott Skiff Bar, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Semi Finals: Sunday, Aug. 13, Marriott Skiff Bar, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Finals: Sunday, Aug. 20, Newport Vineyards, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Cocktail Wars Newport

Photo credit: Zach Schavone

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