Summertime is coming and so are the BBQ’s and summer cocktail parties. What will you be serving your guests this summer? Are you pulling out the go-to beer or wine? Why settle for the basics when you can WOW your guest with a crafted cocktail?


Known as “Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive People” and the “Top 75 People to Watch in 2018” award-winning influencers, Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, other wise known as the Cocktail Bandits are here to save the day with their new book, Holy Spirts!


Who are these bandits? It all started on a night out at The Cocktail Club downtown. Going in for one drink, but before the night was over, the table was covered in cocktails and punch bowl; the bandits of cocktails were born!


These bandits steal the hearts of people by educating and entertain their growing audiences through original cocktail recipes, promoting the craftmanship of other bar professionals, and sharing coverage of food and beverage event around the world. Since their launch in 2013, this dynamic duo has hosted sold out events at the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, Euphoria Greenville Food, The Annual Fried Chicken Challenge, and that’s just to name a few. The Cocktail Bandits are no strangers to the press being featured in Sirius XM Radio, NBC BLK, Metro UK, PBS, and many more! They are always working with brands such as Red Bull, Avion Tequila, Toyota, and the Renaissance Hotel. It’s very safe to say that these girls know their cocktails.

Holy Spirits! is their debut publication that provides readers an overview of Charleston’s cocktail culture from a unique and urban perspective. It only makes sense to highlight the cocktail culture in this book because in what other city in the world will you go for cocktails in the middle of the day during your lunch hour? Or go out for drinks on a Thursday instead of Saturday? Charleston, SC is the cocktail city if the south!


The book begins with the origins of alcohol in the Lowcountry dating back to the late 1600’s and segues to the current cocktail landscape of the Holy City. This cocktail guide is packed with inclusive interviews with key members of the beverage community such as bartenders, distillers, brewers and more! Complete with The Cocktail Bandits’ signature recipes, entertaining tips and other never before seen content, this book is a MUST HAVE for any drink lover’s collection!


And for your BEAU Readers only, here is one cocktail recipe from this fast selling book…

It’s called the Lowcountry Sunsets


  • 60ml Sorghum Bourbon Whiskey
    • 30ml Jack Rudy’s Tonic
    • Topped with One Love Turmeric Kombucha

Garnish: Lime Wedge, Turmeric Powder

What to do: 

Pour Sorghum Bourbon Whiskey and tonic into a mixing tin. Add ice. Shake. Pour contents in a rocks glass with ice or pour straight up in a rocks glass. Top with One Love Tumeric Trio Kombucha. Dip lime wedge in turmeric powder or garnish on side of your glass. Serve.

Like what you see? Check out the Cocktail Bandits online at purchase the book at


Words by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez

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