Mai Tai Class

We did our first cocktail class at the Central Collective July 23rd and this one was on the Mai Tai, the classic of Tiki. Below are the recipes we served so that our guests can try them later. We started with the classic Don the Beachcomber Q.B. Cooler, which he claims was the inspiration for…

Hukilau 2016

Knoxville Cocktails member Swanky is the co-founder of Hukilau and one of only 3 people who have attended all 15 events. He will be giving a presentation on the history of the Mai-Kai as a preview of his Mai-Kai book on Friday and we will all be sampling lots of offerings from top mixologists from around…

Sidecar Cocktail 

Experimenting with the sidecar last night. Gave it just a little something extra to update this classic cocktail: 2 oz Torres 5 brandy 1 oz cointreau  3/4 oz fresh lemon juice 1/2 oz demerara simple syrup  1/2 oz club soda  2 dashes orange bitters Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice, shake vigorously and strain…

The Classic Daiquiri 

Is this what you think of when someone says daiquiri ? If not, then you should!  The classic 3 ingredient daiquiri is one of the most abused drinks in the history of cocktails. It should not be frozen or neon nor sweet. It is simply delicious when made correctly. Here is one example…  2 oz premium…

Swanky’s Cadillac Margarita Recipe

For your potential Cinco de Mayo drinking enjoyment, Swanky’s Cadillac Margarita recipe: 2 oz silver tequila 1 1/4 oz sour mix (2 parts lemon juice*, 1 part simple syrup) 1/2 oz Grand Marnier (don’t sub Triple sec or Cointreau here). Add ice and blend until damn cold. Garnish with salt rim and lime if desired….

Knox Whiskey Works

Knox Whiskey Works is a small batch, craft distillery based in downtown Knoxville. They use local products from local farmers to create some amazing spirits, such as the Jackson Ave Gin, TN Valley Vodka, Old City Heirloom Corn Whiskey, and the Cold City Old Brew Coffee Liqueur – which may be the best coffee liqueur…

Very Dark and Stormy

Our first recipe is brought to you by Knoxville Cocktails member David McCauley. Supremely dark and especially stormy! Quite tasty! 1.5 oz Coruba .5 oz Lemonhart 151 .5 oz fresh lime juice 5 oz Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale Stir and add ice to fill