The Cocktail Wars Newport Summer Splash Finale (Video)

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Four bartenders made it to the finals, one was named champion.

On Sunday, August 20, the finals of the Cocktail Wars Newport Summer Splash were held at Newport Vineyards. The finalists had made it through some gruelling competitions, ensuring those who participated had some serious mixology talent to put display behind the bar. Broken Shed Premium Vodka was the base liquor for all the cocktails.

Newport Vineyards provided a beautiful backdrop for this competition. Just a short drive from Newport, up East Main Road in Middletown, this gave the Vineyard a chance to flex its muscles as a chill Sunday Funday spot with live music and a full range of local beverages.


(From Left to Right)
Brian Reilly
– New York Yacht Club
Samantha Donahue
– Revolving Door Restaurant
Dominique Grant – The Landing
Jonathan Edgell – Perro Salado


Ryan Belmore – What’s Up Newp
Alex Branderiz
– Surf Club (aka the old [and completely remodeled] Rhino Bar)
Caroline Robertson
– Brix

Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka

Broken Shed Vodka is the official sponsor of Cocktail Wars Newport’s Summer Splash. This vodka is made from mountain spring water and New Zealand whey, making it incredibly smooth and easy to drink. Broken Shed Premium Vodka is organic and is additive and gluten-free. Learn more at their website!

The Winner is…(SPOILER ALERT!!!)

Samantha Donahue took home the trophy. She is the third Revolving ¬†Door bartender to take the trophy and the first to take it after Jason Kindness’ tenure, meaning that the Revolving Door has not lost any of its focus on providing leading edge cocktails to Newport’s beverage connoisseurs. In addition to Samantha, the Revolving Door recently acquired previous Cocktail Wars finalist Adrienne Nicole full time, meaning that their drinks may be poured perfectly, but they’re still overflowing with talent.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Cocktail Correspondent

Tristan's just this guy, ya know?