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Toasting the city’s most fashion-forward drinks and their makers
From left: Ben Arnold Beverage Co. Bacardi USA business manager Patrick Martin, Charleston editor-in-chief Darcy Shankland, and Kiawah Island Golf Resort director of food and beverage Vipin Menon
Twenty-five local bartenders were invited to take on Ben Arnold Beverage Company’s CFW challenge: create a drink based on either Grey Goose vodka or Herradura tequila to complement the five nights of fashion in Marion Square. After an online vote at charlestonfashionweek.com last winter, 10 contenders moved on to the main event, a live competition at the tony Cocktail Club on King Street. There, thirsty partygoers sipped Grey Goose and Herradura cocktails, while our panel of judges sampled the competitors’ entries, scoring them according to originality, taste, and presentation. Meet our winning mixologists in the Style Lounge, and try the 2014 Top Cocktails for yourself.
Taste the Winning Results!
Charleston’s Top Cocktail winners will be pouring their drinks during the Style Lounge pre-parties on:
Wednesday, March 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Jim McCourt serving “Itty Bitty”
Thursday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Jonathan Calo serving “Cheongsam Cocktail”