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Top Cocktail: Area bartenders concoct haute drinks with Grey Goose vodka or Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey to compete in Charleston’s Next Top Cocktail contest
In January, 10 talented mixologists took the stage at Shine, presenting their haute concoctions in hopes of winning the title of Charleston’s Next Top Cocktail and bragging rights for creating the signature drink for Charleston Fashion Week’s Fashion Finale. Among the libations, which featured either Grey Goose vodka or Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey, the Skinny Goose by Morgan Hurley of BLU Restaurant at Folly Beach raised the bar. A refreshing blend of Grey Goose vodka, pomegranate juice, Triple Sec, and lime, the enticing drink also features VeeV Açai Spirit, the popular new Brazilian berry liqueur purported to have superfood antioxidant powers. “It’s an update on the classic cosmo—very fashionable but with a healthy twist,” explains Hurley, who says the cocktail was inspired by his surfing connections, interest in health and fitness, and suitability for the style-conscious fashion world. Chosen for its exquisite flavor, visual appeal, and simplicity, it was the perfect thirst quencher for CFW fashionistas, agreed the judges. Running in a close second was Mouzon Taylor of The Thoroughbred Club’s delicious eponymous creation featuring Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey and peach purée with fresh mint.
Photographs (drink) by Ann Catherine Campbell & (2) by Isa Salaza