Thursday, June 1, 2017

Drink this now, a Spoleto cocktail in a quiet space

Zero to one hundred

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 12:39 PM

click to enlarge SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA
  • Spoleto Festival USA
Charleston, on the cusp of summer, can feel flooded: flooded with tourists (the standard brand and those of the Spoleto variety), flooded with foodie and cultural events, flooded, really, whenever it rains. It's nice sometimes to slip away, even for 30 minutes, to regather yourself before diving back into the fray.

Might I recommend a stop at Zero George. The boutique hotel's diminutive bar is both cozy and fresh, tucked away in a gorgeously restored 19th century building. It's not an after-work happy hour to frequent (I prefer my HH prices to be dirt cheap and I'm not too picky about the booze, either), but Zero George bar is great for an every once in a while evening. When better to spend some dough than during Spoleto season?

The Spoleto-themed cocktail the bar is serving up is not some derivative bubbly "festive — for the festival!" concoction. It's thought out, perfectly executed, aesthetically stunning, and tasty. And boozy, very boozy. The Black Rabbit, created by beverage director and restaurant manager Kendall Moore, is made with Beefeater Gin, Cointreau, egg whites, lemon, and activated charcoal. If you're wondering what the hell activated charcoal is, research suggests it is safe to ingest on occasion, and is one of many new health food trends.

Moore says he wanted the cocktail to look dark and daring, but to taste light and fresh. And it does. He describes it as something that would remind you of your childhood, like an Orange Julius on a hot day. Best damn Julius I've ever had.

If you have a Spoleto ticket for a Gaillard performance that is happening the same day, the drink costs $10 (otherwise it's $14).

Editor's note: We've included links to some research above regarding activated charcoal and have asked Moore for more info on his cocktail creation. Of course, always consume alcohol at your own discretion. We here at City Paper are not medically trained and can speak to taste and personal experience only.

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