Holy Spirits! by Cocktail Bandits

by Taneka Reaves & Johnny Caldwell

Holy Spirits! is the debut publication from popular beverage and hospitality bloggers Cocktail Bandits, Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell, that provides cuisine readers with an overview of Charleston cocktail culture from a unique, urban perspective.  Reserve your copy today.  Cheers!


Holy Spirits! by Cocktail Bandits 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.

The publication begins with the origins of alcohol in the Lowcountry.  Starting with the Gullah Geechee Corridor and their famous rice wine, the book segues to the current cocktail landscape of the Holy City, inclusive of interviews with key members of the beverage community.

Complete with signature recipes, entertaining tips, and other never-before-seen content, Holy Spirits! by Cocktail Bandits is a must-have for any libations lover. Cheers!

Also available on Kindle!


About the Authors

taneka reaves and johnny caldwell

Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves are the dynamic duo known as Cocktail Bandits. They are listed among Imbibe Magazine’s “75 People to Watch in 2018″.  Currently, they have nearly 30,000 followers on social media.

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.

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.

They boast collaborations with international brands such as Red Bull, Avion Tequila, Renaissance Hotel and Toyota. Most recently, Caldwell and Reaves hosted the 2017 Saveur Blog Awards in Charleston, sponsored by Saveur Magazine. More information is on their website: www.cocktailbandits.com.


Charlestonians Johnny Caldwell and Taneka Reaves offer a collection of their own thirst-quenching, flavor-forward cocktail recipes (as well as a selection from the city’s ace bartenders!) that represent the best of our hometown’s liquid culture—spirits, sodas, beer, even Kombucha! Whether you’re planning for a cocktail soirée in your own home or looking to get fired-up for a night out downtown, the Cocktail Bandits have all the guidance and inspiration you need!

— The Lee Bros., James Beard Award-winning authors of The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen


Charlestonian, genteel, badass, and THIRSTY: meet the Cocktail Bandits, two savvy sisters in spirit who fell in love with cocktail culture and, through sheer force of personality and passion, have rolled out the red carpet to all in their wake. Caldwell and Reaves bring a fresh new perspective to mixology while incorporating traditions from their unique Southern culture. Best of all, they invite the rest of us to share in the fun. They’ve won us over; see for Yaself!

Dale DeGroff aka “King Cocktail,” James Beard Award-Winning Mixologist
— Jill DeGroffArtist


All food culture has etymology; the Cocktail Bandits are taking the rich, textured history of Charleston’s libations and spreading the knowledge of proper Southern imbibing. Whether it’s the under-appreciated local nightlife scene or the necessary tools and etiquette to entertain at home, Johnny and Taneka are using potables to create bridges between generations and people.

Jackie Summers, creator of Sorel Liqueur, proprietor, Jack From Brooklyn Inc.