Music appreciation via the art of cocktails and pop up events.

Cincinnati Rocktails

05/17/19

Cincinnati Rocktails

8pm - 11pm

Caffe Vivace

+ Event Details

05/17/19

Cincinnati Rocktails


Matthew Umphreys and Sarah Folsom of the Queen City Cabaret have teamed up with local musicians and mixologists, Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft, to celebrate the release of their new cocktail recipe book, Cincinnati Rocktails. The book celebrates Cincinnati’s musical history with craft cocktails, each dedicated to a musician with a Queen City connection. On May 17 at Caffe Vivace, Queen City Cabaret will perform a concert celebrating music featured in the book, including songs by artists such as James Brown, Patti Page, Rusty York, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney, Big Maybelle, Hank Ballard, The Ink Spots, and more. The performance will also feature local jazz and RnB powerhouse, vocalist Vincent Stroud of “Just Vince & The Fellas” and “2nd Wind.” Audience members will be able to purchase the newly published book, meet the authors, and try a signature rocktail

8pm - 11pm

Caffe Vivace

+ Event Details


Matthew Umphreys and Sarah Folsom of the Queen City Cabaret have teamed up with local musicians and mixologists, Maya Banatwala and Kristen Kreft, to celebrate the release of their new cocktail recipe book, Cincinnati Rocktails. The book celebrates Cincinnati’s musical history with craft cocktails, each dedicated to a musician with a Queen City connection. On May 17 at Caffe Vivace, Queen City Cabaret will perform a concert celebrating music featured in the book, including songs by artists such as James Brown, Patti Page, Rusty York, Nina Simone, Rosemary Clooney, Big Maybelle, Hank Ballard, The Ink Spots, and more. The performance will also feature local jazz and RnB powerhouse, vocalist Vincent Stroud of “Just Vince & The Fellas” and “2nd Wind.” Audience members will be able to purchase the newly published book, meet the authors, and try a signature rocktail

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Rocktails mixes a passion for music and Mixology! (Multiple Puns intended!)

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Rocktails: An Amped Up Spin On Mixology has been an ongoing effort to create a cocktail book honoring musicians through the art of libations.  After much time “in the studio,” Rocktails has finally been mixed and mastered and eagerly awaits the public! As musicians and singers Kristen Kreft and MayaLou Banatwala share a passion for the music scene in its entirety. From performing, planning events, and creating ambiance, they both celebrate every morsel of detail that goes into making an evening amazing. This passion pairs well with their love for mixology.  They have been rocking behind the bar, side by side, as friends and coworkers for over five years, all the while conjuring up a dream of creating a “Rocktail” book series where the drinks demonstrate cocktail knowledge and music appreciation. 

Rocktails will make you want more.

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This first edition of the Rocktails: An Amped Up Spin On Mixology series, evolved into a documentary of their experiences as a Pop Up Party every second Saturday in 2018 at The Listing Loon in Cincinnati’s eclectic neighborhood of Northside. Each month Kristen and Maya produced their “Rocktails Experience” by hiring the entertainment and creating each menu inspired by the featured bands or DJ’s,  in addition to reinventing the physical bar space to transport the patrons to a unique environment each month. The book boasts an album of “Amped Up” cocktails from sunny sangria tributes to Yacht Rock greats The Doobie Brothers, to Indie Rock salutes to Siouxsie Sioux combining the grit of pear juice with the sexy notes of round dark rum, bitter Campari, grape soda and a black licorice garnish. An example of Rocktails’ love of local is represented with Dirty Blues honors inspired by Dayton, Kentucky’s own original band, All Seeing Eyes, using Absinthe soaked, flamed candy cigarettes affixed into gummy orange slices as garnishes, atop a smoky Laphroig rinsed whiskey and beer cocktail spiked with Watershed’s Noccino Black Walnut Liqueur.  Although September 8th, celebrates the first edition of Rocktails: An Amped Up Spin On Mixology, please look out for “Cincinnati Rocktails:”, a tribute to American Musicians, some legends, some lesser known, but all have a Cincinnati Connection. Rocktails is also available for hire for Pop Ups, and Private Parties of all kinds.


Rock out with us!

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Our book will bring you inspiration to create brilliantly balanced and colorful cocktails while celebrating music, (cue clinging Champagne cocktails!). If you wold like to further your Rocktails fun outside the pages of our books we’d love to host your Private Party, Pop Up, or  Wedding.  We will personally curate a unique experience for you and your guests. 

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WE WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU!

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Plan you Private party with us!  We assure you that it will be a night you’ll remember!

For the Love of Music, Libations, and a Passion to Create.

Kristen Kreft and MayaLou Banatwala

Kristen and MayaLou share the same love of creating the unimaginable! As authors, musicIan’s, mixologists and close friends, their drive to think bigger continues to build! 

Book Series

Rocktails:An Amped Up Spin on Mixology is a book series honoring music through the art of libations.

Rockatails: An Amped Up Spin on Mixology is a book series honoring musicians and their music through the art of libations. 

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