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Charleston’s Top Cocktails

Charleston’s Top Cocktails
Cheers to the city’s most fashion-forward drinks and their makers

From left: Kiawah Island Golf Resort director of food and beverage Vipin Menon, Charleston editor-in-chief Darcy Shankland, and Inn at Palmetto Bluff executive chef Brandon Carter

Twenty local bartenders were invited to take on Ben Arnold Beverage Company’s CFW challenge: create a drink based on either Grey Goose vodka or Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey to complement the five nights of fashion in Marion Square. After an online vote by fans and fashionistas at last winter, seven contenders moved on to the main event, a live competition at Mercury Lounge on Upper King Street. While thirsty partygoers enjoyed sipping the drinks, our panel of judges sampled each, scoring them according to originality, taste, and presentation. Meet our winning mixologists in the Style Lounge, and try the 2013 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 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Sarah Martin, “Frankly Speaking”
Thursday, March 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Jackson Holland, “Honey Hole”

<p>By Sarah Martin, Fish Restaurant</p> <p> Craving a sassy, refreshing sip? Look no further than this “sweet-tart” of a drink—named in honor of the late Grey Goose vodka creator, Sidney Frank. Its secret ingredient? The sweet yet tart tamarind nectar. “I'm in love with tamarind,” says Fish bartender Sarah Martin.
<p><strong>By Jackson Holland, Cocktail Club</strong><br /> With warming thoughts of whiskey and apple flavors for the cooler months, Cocktail Club general manager Jackson Holland created an elevated take on hot apple cider.