Monday, January 28, 2013

Fun in the Beverage Science Lab

Think it's easy to come up with a great signature cocktail for an event? Well, it's not easy, but it is fun--especially when you're working with beverage virtuoso Dennis Perkins.

Here are some of the ingredients Dennis Perkins and I gathered while constructing the "Hi, Bob," the signature cocktail for the VIP party at the Tennessee Theatre prior to the Bob Newhart concert, part of the annual Stars on Stage fundraiser series for the Tennessee Theatre.

Our plan was to create a beverage in honor of the famous "Moo Goo Gai Pan" episode. That didn't work out, but it proved to be a great starting point.Here are some rejects.

The menu, executed by six local caterers, is called "Six Faces of Bob," with each caterer creating a menu based on Newhart's life and career. We've got Beverly Hills Bob (Holly's Eventful Dining), Chicago Bob (Luxe Catering), 70's Bob (Knoxville Catering), Irish-German Bob (Abner's Attic), Vermont Bob (Rothchild's), and Button Down Bob (Rosa's). This obviously called for a special beverage.

The winner was a fresh concoction that includes vodka, apple cider, rosemary simple syrup, club soda, and a rosemary/apple/garnish. Like Jerry in the "Moo Goo Gai Pan" episode, we started with vodka & cider. Like Bob's career, we evolved.

Support the beautiful historic Tennessee Theatre by purchasing tickets to the show or to the VIP party showcasing Six Faces of Bob along with the "Hi, Bob" which includes tickets to the show.

Hope to see you there! It's going to be a great night.


  1. I am amazed by people who can create drinks because I can't. One person who can do it is Robert Stevens, the bartender at Knox Mason. I went in there the other night and just said, "I'd like a drink with tequila -- but not a regular margarita." He put together a concoction that was so delicious that, after tasting mine, four other guests ordered it. I told him he needs to put it on the menu.

  2. Dennis is great. Here's where people like Robert & Dennis are so talented--They come up with the concepts. My job is easy: thumbs up or thumbs down.