Hiwassee River Water

When it comes to making whiskey, it’s hard to overstate the importance of the water sources in Tennessee – thousands of creeks and springs that’ve hydrated the process from the start arrive naturally filtered by limestone, pitching in purity and a unique minerality. The aquatic artery Nneka Ijeoma nods to with this cocktail, though, hasn’t factored into the prevailing lore of the spirit, but with a rush of refreshment like this bearing its name, that could change. Have a taste of this cooling mix of whiskey, honeydew, and a bit of lemongrass, and let the chill vibes of a lazy river day wind their way right to you!


1 ½ oz of Tennessee Whiskey

¾ oz honeydew syrup

4 dashes (not drops) lemongrass tincture

3 – 3 ½ oz tonic water


Collins Glass


  1. Add the whiskey, syrup, and tincture to a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously until it is ice0cold and shows frost on the outside.
  2. Double strain the shaker’s contents into a Collins Glass over fresh cubed ice, then stir gently and tip with about 1 ½ oz of tonic water -we recommend using your bar spoon to force the carbonation all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Place the spoon, standing straight up, down into the center of the glass. Place the mouth of the soda bottle near the top of the handle, right at the edge of the spoon, and pour, letting the soda spiral down the handle all the way to the bottom of the glass.