Rooftop Cocktails: Recap and Recipes from the Moonstone Bar Takeover!

Four cocktails from the Rooftop Bartakeover at the Moonstone in Tucson, Arizona

We’ve been able to host a few Bar Takeovers in our day. It’s a chance for us to create a signature menu featuring our handcrafted cocktail mixers and work behind someone else’s bar. Matt Farrow has years of experience working with beverage directors at restaurants, so it’s a chance for him to flex that creative muscle of designing a menu. 

Much like catering a private party for a special occasion, our team at Iconic Cocktail puts together all the moving parts needed to create a unique event. We design a menu that is truly iconic for the occasion. As we continue to grow, this is something we’re starting to offer. So if you’re getting married, having a party, or looking for an expert mixologist for your next event, start the conversation by emailing us here! 

Open to the public, a Bar Takeover is promoted as a chance to try new cocktails at your favorite places and see Matt Farrow in action. You can check out some of our past events like the Provision Collab in 2019 or Caskwerks in 2018

For this Bar Takeover, we took the trip to Tucson, Arizona to collaborate with the bartenders at the Moonstone Rooftop Bar. Guests gathered with friends, enjoyed the views, and sipped on craft cocktails designed by Iconic Cocktail Co. 

If you missed the event, we want you to be able to join in on the fun wherever you are! We are sharing the four recipes we created for the special occasion. Recreate these at Iconic Mixers and enjoy it with the best view you can get. 

West of Jalisco 

This is a playful tiki cocktail paying homage to Tequila’s hometown, Jalisco. Made with our best selling Prickly Pear Sour cocktail mixer, this drink was the hit of the evening. It drinks like a margarita but it’s served up in a chilled coupe. This tequila cocktail is delicate, bright, and beautiful. 

Tequila and Prickly Pear Sour with fresh pineapple juice.

West of Jalisco 

-Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice 

-Shake and fine strain into a chilled coupe 

-Garnish with dehydrated pineapple wheel

Pequeña Ave

This translates to ‘little bird’ in Spanish (it’s not a street in Tucson like much of our guests believed!) Inspired by the classic Jungle Bird, this cocktail comes together with rum and amaretto. Iconic Bitter Orange Tonic acts like an orange liqueur, giving it a floral uniqueness. 

Jungle Bird Cocktail made with Iconic Bitter Orange Tonic

Pequeña Ave 

-Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice 

-Shake with ice and pour into a tall tiki glass with fresh ice

-Garnish with a lime wheel and cherry 

Tomás Blaque 

This is a southwest inspired Tom Collins borrowing its name from the first Scottsman to become a Mexican Citizen. A spicy, sweet combination of jalapeño and Iconic Watermelon Rose Tonic, this Tom Collins is a perfect summer treat. 

Watermelon Tom Collins with jalapeno and basil made by Iconic Cocktail Co.

Tomás Blaque  

-Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice 

-Shake with ice and pour into a glass with fresh ice

-Garnish with a watermelon ball and basil leaf

Dark Side 

The name plays on the fact that Grenadine and Kahlua are not typically given much love on cocktail menus. When we come up with recipes for bar takeover, Matt puts together a first draft that he will R&D on site with the bartenders. This was the bartender’s choice so it definitely had to go on the menu. A combo you might haven’t seen before, but you must try. 

A unique combo of Iconic Classic Grenadine with Kahlua
Dark Side
  • 1.5oz Anejo Tequila 
  • .75oz Iconic Classic Grenadine 
  • .5oz Kahula 
  • 5 dashes of Aromatic bitters 

-Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice

-Shake to combine and fine strain into a chilled coupe 

-Garnish with a floating orange slice and a splash of seltzer 

Stay tuned for future Bar Takeovers with Iconic Cocktail Co! We absolutely love collaborating with our friends in the cocktail community.

Do you need expert mixologists for your next catering event? Be sure to reach out to us by emailing or click here for our contact form. We can’t wait to host the next one!