Beer, Wine and Liquor with a South Carolina Address

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If you have traveled to Kentucky, you may be familiar with the “Bourbon Trail” a road leading between some of the greatest Kentucky bourbon distilleries. We are making our own trail by way of Charleston.

Recently, we have been lucky enough to have a wave of new distilleries and breweries make their home in the South. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, take the time to explore some of these nationally renowned watering holes.

If you like sweet tea….

Firefly Distillery
Sweet Tea comes with South Carolina territory, and that is why we love Firefly Distillery, where they serve up Sweet Tea Vodka with that personable, Southern hospitality.

Located approximately 30 minutes off the peninsula, make a day out of visiting this distillery and also plan on visiting the conveniently located, sole tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation. It will become obvious why the Sweet Tea Vodka is so good.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-557-1405
Address: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

If you like spirits…

Striped Pig Distillery
“From Grain to Grass, Striped Pig ingredients are locally grown” is the tagline that this Charleston favorite boasts. Enjoy spirits including moonshine, rum and vodka. If you’re lucky, you may even meet their mascot, Jackson, the distillery’s pig.

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Experience it:
Hours: Wednesday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm
Price: Free
Phone: 843-276-3201
Address: 2225-A Old School Drive, 
Charleston, SC 29405

If you like beer…

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewery’s mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and delicious beer possible. Westbrook loves to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, which is the reason why they have so many varieties of beer. Look at the Tasting Room tab to see what is on tap for the week. You can’t go wrong with the White Thai, a Charleston staple.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-6pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-654-9114
Address: 510 Ridge Road
, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you like a road trip…

Six & Twenty Distillery

Six & Twenty whiskey is actually quite romantic, named after a love story between a Cherokee and a Revolutionary war soldier. They offer a premium whiskey, with emphasis on supporting everything local; starting with the locally grown wheat that is distilled into their delicious whiskey.

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Experience it:
Hours: Saturday at 1pm & 4pm
Price: Free (Call to make a reservation)
Phone: 864-263-8312
Address: 3109 Highway 153 Piedmont, SC 29673

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The Secret is Out – Mouzon’s Mash Recipe

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Recipes that have been passed down through the family tend to not only be the most cherished, but also the most delicious. The Thoroughbred Club bartender, Mouzon, has a family drink recipe that is no different. Known at the Thorughbred Club as Mouzon’s Mash, this bar favorite is loved by tourist and locals alike.

This fresh and vibrant drink didn’t start with Mouzon, it all began with his grandfather who owned a peach orchard. When Mouzon was younger, he remembers his grandfather creating a similar drink combining freshly picked peaches with a generous pour of homemade moonshine. Over the years, the concoction evolved, switching out the liquor for Gentleman’s Jack Tennessee Whiskey, giving it a smokey flavor.

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Mouzon combines Gentleman Jack Whiskey, pureed fresh peaches, mint and lemon to create this unique cocktail. And now the secret is out, as Mouzon shares his family recipe.

Fresh peach nectar 1.5 oz Instructions: Take the peach nectar, mint leaves, simple syrup, lemon and muddle. Add Gentleman’s Jack Tennesee Whiskey, shake together and strain over fresh ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with a fresh peach and mint sprig.
Mint leaves 4 – 5
Simple syrup Splash
Club Soda Splash
Lemon 1/2
Gentleman’s Jack Whiskey 2 oz

 

Try this cocktail at home or you stop by the Thoroughbred Club and enjoy this drink while listening to the full story from Mouzon himself.

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Easy and Decadent Valentine’s Day Dessert

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Charleston Grill has the perfect recipe to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day. After a romantic day with someone special, top off your evening with this rich Chocolate Mousse recipe by Julia Child, recommended by Emily Cookson, Executive Pastry Chef at the Charleston Grill.

Egg Yolks 6 Instructions: Over a water bath, whisk yolks and 1 cup of sugar until warmed. Put on stand mixer and whip until pale yellow. Set the yolks aside. Melt butter and pour over chocolate. Whisk smooth, and then whisk in brewed coffee. Whip whites to a soft peak while slowly adding the remaining sugar and salt. Whisk the chocolate/butter mixture into the yolks and then fold in the whipped whites. Pour into serving container and let set overnight. Serve with whipped cream, fresh fruit or caramel.
Sugar 1 cup
Chocolate 9 oz
Butter 9 oz
Coffee 1/4 cup
Egg Whites 6
Sugar 11/2 tbsp
Salt pinch

 

Charleston Grill’s sommelier, Rick Rubel, suggests pairing a Marenco Brachetto d’Acqui Pineto 2012 to complement your romantic chocolate dessert. This frothy and lush dessert wine is incredibly versatile, not too heavy, but just the right accompaniment for chocolate and fresh berries.

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