With the tumultuous last year and a half the service industry has had, Ole Smoky wanted to create a program that would support bartenders and other industries that suffered during the pandemic.

Enter the bartender takeover program; a content series Ole Smoky put together to showcase Ole Smoky cocktail specials from key accounts across the country. The program took off and was a hit with bartenders and consumers alike. Bartenders from all across the US sent in videos of themselves mixing up their favorite Ole Smoky cocktails and helped raise money for restaurant worker relief.

Check out a few of the cocktails made by bartenders during the program and try them out for yourself!

Salty Watermelon Margarita

Preston at 6th and Peabody Distillery in Nashville, Tennessee


  • 2 oz Ole Smoky Salty Watermelon Whiskey
  • 2 1/2 oz. Sour Mix
  • splash of Cranberry Juice

Preparation: Build ingredients in a glass with ice, stir. Garnish with a lime.

La Sucia

Brian Reese of Sanchos in San Antonio, Texas


  • 2 oz. Ole Smoky Mango Habanero Whiskey
  • 2 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice

Preparation: Build your cocktail in a shaker with ice and shake. Rim a glass with chili salt and pour in the mix with ice. Garnish with an orange and cherry.

Wake Up Little Susie

Rob Minor of The Stillery in Nashville, Tennessee


  • 1 oz. Ole Smoky Butter Pecan Moonshine
  • 1 oz. Cold Brew Coffee

Preparation: Combine Moonshine and coffee and shake over ice. Strain into a tumbler and serve.