Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Holy Spirits! Happy Hour with Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, Fri., July 13, 5:30 pm

Join us Fri., July 13, 5:30 pm as Charleston’s own Cocktail Bandits, Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, will be here to launch their new book Holy Spirits! (Evening Post Books, hb., 176 pp., $35).

Holy Spirits! is the debut publication from popular beverage and hospitality bloggers Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell. The book provides readers with an overview of Charleston cocktail culture from a unique, urban perspective. Starting with the Gullah Geechee Corridor and their famous rice wine, the book segues to the current cocktail landscape of the Holy City and interviews with key members of the beverage community. Complete with signature recipes and entertaining tips, Holy Spirits! is a must-have for any libations lover.

Cocktail Bandits educate and entertain their growing audience through original cocktail recipes, promoting the craftsmanship of other bar professionals, and sharing coverage of food and beverage events around the world. Since launching in 2013, Caldwell and Reaves have hosted sold-out events at Charleston Food & Wine Festival, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, and Euphoria Greenville Food, Wine & Music Festival. Listed among Imbibe Magazine’s 75 People to Watch in 2018, they have nearly 30,000 followers on social media.

They have participated as expert judges in the American Craft Spirit Competition, First Annual Fried Chicken Challenge, and Charleston Fashion Week’s Top Cocktail Competition. Cocktail Bandits have also been featured in press outlets such as Sirius XM Radio online, NBC BLK online, Metro UK online, Style Me Pretty Online, Cuisine Noir MagazineBlack Southern Belle Magazine, National PBS’ “Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking TV,” ESSENCE Magazine, and several other regional publications.


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