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Have you been keeping up with his season’s Top Chef on Bravo? If so, you already know this season’s chefs are competing in our hometown, Charleston. While the crew was in town, we got to spend a day hanging with judge Gail Simmons — making cocktails, sipping on them, and of course, picking up a chainsaw with Joe. Here’s her latest episode of Gail’s Culinary Adventures at The Gin Joint.

Want to make “The Gail” cocktail?
Here’s the recipe:

2 oz Bourbon (We recommend Old Grand-Dad. If it was Harry Truman’s bourbon of choice, it’s good enough for us, too.)
3/4 oz Tippleman’s Ginger Honey Syrup
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Handful of Sage, muddled
Lemon Twist
Garnish with Sage

Watch on Bravo.com: Top Chef’s Gail Simmons Used a Chainsaw to Make Cocktails at This Cool Southern Bar

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It’s going to be dangerously easy to get into the holiday spirit this year. Beginning Friday after Thanksgiving (November 25), The Gin Joint will transform into Miracle, an over-the-top Christmas themed pop-up bar.

We’ve become known for an intimate atmosphere and sophisticated cocktails, but for one month only, everything will change. We’ll let our hair down, put on our tacky Christmas sweaters and spread some serious Christmas cheer. For the month leading up to Christmas, expect to enter a Gin Joint fully decked with kitschy holiday decor and strings of lights, and serving themed cocktails and holiday snacks like Chex Mix. [You serious, Clark? Yes, Cousin Eddie… we’re serious.]

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The concept was launched in 2014 as Miracle on 9th Street by Greg Boem, the owner of Cocktail Kingdom, at Mace, a serious, spice-focused New York City cocktail bar. This year, Miracle expanded its cocktail cheer across the globe, partnering with us and more than 30 other renowned bars worldwide to recreate the original concept. Other Miracle outposts are located in Montreal, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Seattle and more, but we’ll be the only South Carolina location.

The season’s cocktail menu starting November 25 and running through New Year’s Eve features cups of cheer with names like Santa-quila, Christmapolitan and Muletide, served over snow balls, in Santa mugs or perhaps garnished with pine needles.

Miracle will be open during our normal business hours and will run from Friday, November 25 through Saturday, December 31, New Year’s Eve. For more on our holiday pop-up, be sure to keep up with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Read more about Miracle:
Charleston City Paper: The Gin Joint becomes a pop-up bar starting next Friday
Eater Charleston: Gin Joint to transform into Christmas wonderland
Holy City Sinner: The Gin Joint transforms into holiday pop-up bar for one month
The Post and Courier: Gin Joint joins nationwide parade of holiday pop-up bars

View the full Miracle menu.

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Oct. 28
2016

New season, new menu. Nailing down our fall cocktails — Coming soon! 🍂🍁

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While the weather in Charleston is slow to catch on, Fall is in full swing. We’ve just launched the season’s new cocktail menu, which includes 16 new cocktails that we’ve divided into several sections to help you navigate. Packed with the best of Fall flavors, here’s a look at the drinks you’ll find served up at The Gin Joint now and throughout the season.

AUTUMNS UP [super seasonal]
Fin del Mundo Mezcal Vago, Horchata, Vanilla, Fresh Lime, Topped with Bruto Americano Apéritif, Garnished with a Scorched Cinnamon Stick
Pear Pressure Spiced Pear Brandy, Fresh Lime, Caribbean Spices, Celery Bitters, Garnished with Sage
Joy Ride Persimmon Syrup, House Tonic, Fresh Lemon, Aperol Aperitivo, Bristow Gin, Charged with Co2, Szechuan Peppercorn
Thyme & Flow Cranberry Soaked Ansac Cognac, Walnut Liqueur, Lillet Blanc Apéritif, Fresh Lime, Thyme
Goodnight Forever Flora de Caña Aged Rum, Almond Cream Liqueur, Burnt Sugar, Fresh Lime, and a Healthy Dose of Angostura Bitters and Tiki Spices

LIGHT AND UNUSUAL [bright and refreshing with unexpected twists]
No Pine, No Pleasure Zirbenz Stone Pine Liqueur, Acqua di Cedro Lemon Liqueur, Cynar Bittersweet Liqueur, Fresh Lemon
El Chismoso Cocoa Nib-Steeped Tequila, Earl Grey Tea, Fresh Grapefruit, Molé-Cardamom Bitters, Spritzed with Smoked Hazelnut Oil
Hay Burner Hay Smoked Whiskey, Mezcal Vago, Fresh Lemon, Celery Root Cream Cordial, Biscotti
White Lie Big Gin, Pistachio-Fennel Syrup, Fresh Lime, Yellow Chartreuse, Dolin Blanc Vermouth
Charlie Brown Peanut-Cola Cream Liqueur, Old Grand-Dad Bourbon, Fresh Lemon, Bulls Bay Smoked Sea Salt, Amaro Nonino

STIRRED AND BOOZY [strong and serious]
Knuckle Duster Compass Box Spice Tree Scotch, Toasted Orange and Coriander Liqueur, Charleston Madeira, Amaro Luccano, Charred Orange Oil
Shallow Grave Rye Whiskey, Bourbon Barrel Stout Reduction, White Pumpkin Cordial, Spiced Brown Sugar, Creole Bitters
Dewey Decimal Gin Joint Rum Blend, Housemade Fig Preserves, Italian Amaro, Anise-Soaked Yellow Chartreuse, Barolo
Teacher’s Pet Bourbon Barrel Rested Rum, Apple Brandy, Clarified Green Apple Juice, Pineau des Charentes Apéritif
Midnight Ringing Smoked Rhubarb Amaro, Red Wine, Pineau des Charentes Apéritif, Sweet Vermouth, Rye Whiskey

TOP SHELF
Golden Pearl Old Raj Gin, Buttered Onion Soubise, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Garnished with Saffron Pickled Pearl Onion

Another fun, new addition to the menu is a short list of shared cocktails inspired by “Choose Your Own Adventure” series books from childhood. (Remember those?) The large format cocktails are punches that can be shared among a table, and by selecting your spirit of choice, you determine your adventure. And, yes – as always, you can still order Bartender’s Choice, where you choose any two descriptors from our word bank, and the bartender serves up a cocktail that fits the bill.

View the full menu here.
*prices and spirits are subject to change

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In town for BevCon Charleston? Sunday, August 21, 2016, BevCon™ Charleston will take over the streets of Charleston, and eight of East Bay Street’s hottest bars and restaurants will welcome some of the best bartenders, distillers, brewers and wine professionals in the country to take over for the night.

We are quite excited to have Miles Macquarrie from The Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia, take over The Gin Joint’s bar for the night. You’ll find Macquarrie behind the bar with The Gin Joint ringleader Joe Raya and beverage director James Bolt. Sunday, from 9:00 to midnight, The Gin Joint menu will transform into a Kimball House and Gin Joint collaboration — a collection of well thought out Cuban inspired cocktails, themed Cuba libre, using Barr Hill Gin. The cocktail session will celebrate the beginning of the lifting of the embargo.

Guest Bartender: Miles Macquarrie, The Kimball House – Decatur, GA
Host Bartenders: Joe Raya and James Bolt, The Gin Joint
Featured Spirit/Distiller: Barr Hill Gin (Caledonia Spirits)
When: Sunday, August 21, 2016, 9:00 pm-Midnight

Menu:
Havana Nights [Barr Hill Gin, Rhum Agricole, Canteloupe, Lime, Mint Oil, Sea Salt]
Santiago Special [Barr Hill Tomcat Gin, Don Pancho 8 Yr. Rum, Caribbean Vermouth, Pineapple Amer]
Bonanza Cocktail [Barr Hill Tomcat Gin, Garden Herbs, Blanc Vermouth, Passionfruit]
Tropical Negroni Phosphate [Barr Hill Gin, Pineapple, Campari, Clarified Lemon, Acid Phosphate]
La Campana [Clarified Plantain Vago Mezcal, Barr Hill Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin, “Sour Orange Mojo”]
Cortadito [Espresso, Hamilton Demerara Rum, Barr Hill Gin, Chorizo Milked Washed Foam]
Slush Fund [Pineapple and Banana Infused Barr Hill Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin, Lime, Salt – Frozen Daiquiri Style]
Sundowner [Coconut Fat Washed Barr Hill Gin, Cane Syrup, Clarified Lime]

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Cheers! We’ve launched our Summer cocktail menu! Starting June 14 we unrolled our summer cocktail menu, including 16 new seasonal creations. Here’s what to expect for your next happy hour or nightcap.

Three sections of cocktails: Easy Listening, Sting Like a Bee, and Suspenders & Mustaches.

EASY LISTENING
Refreshing, approachable and easy to drink
Devil May Care [Herbsaint Liqueur, Strawberry, Honey, Lemon, Lillet Rosé, Tarragon, Boker’s Bitters, Mace]
Friend of a Friend  [Mezcal Vago Espadin, Lime, Creme Sherry, Orgeat, Pineapple, Green Chartreuse]
Dews and Don’ts [Clement Rhum Agricole, Lime, Chareau, Cocchi Torino, Silver Honeydew Melon, Falernum Bitters]
Drama in the LBC [No. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Reserve Gin, Charred Pineapple Juice, Lemon, Luxardo, Amontillado Sherry, Cilantro]
Midnight Sun [Green Hat Summer Gin, Dandelion Greens, Laphroaig 10 Scotch, Lime, Dandelion Tea Honey, Burdock Bitters]

STING LIKE A BEE
Strong, serious, stirred
Birch Seat [Rittenhouse Rye, Birch Sap Syrup, Zucca, Suze, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Lemon Bitters]
Havana Affair [Mocambo Rum, Rioja Vermouth, Amaro Montenegro, Cardamaro, Lime Bitters, Lime Twist]
Haystack [Linie Aquavit, Angostura Amaro, Rittenhouse Rye, Cocchi Torino, Angostura Bitters, Lemon Twist]
Golden Eye [High West Silver Whiskey, Corsair Quinoa Whiskey, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Carpano Bianca, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Tiki Bitters]
Henchman [Copper & Kings Brandy, Kumquat Marmalade, Malort, Smith & Cross Jamaica Rum, Mint, Orange Bitters]

SUSPENDERS & MUSTACHES
A bit unusual, and a little off the wall, but all the while sophisticated
Rickety Cricket [Roasted Coconut Infused Plantation 3 Star Rum, Yuzu, Avocado, Coconut Syrup, Ponzu, Batavia Arrack]
Maize Runner [Mellow Corn Whiskey, Roasted Corn Milk, Lemon, Kina L’Avion, Fresno Chile Oil, Smoked Salt, Yellow Chartreuse]
Dirt Famer [Bourbon Barrel Aged Big Gin, Blueberry, Radish Campari, Honey, Smoked Salt, Burlesque Bitters, Ilegal Añejo Mezcal Spritz]
El Chulo Verde [Altos Blanco Tequila, Tomatillo, Lime, White Port, Parsley, Victoria Beer, Seasoned Salt]
Culture Shock [Jaspers Barrel Aged Gin, Lemon, Greek Yogurt, Kummel, Island Orxata, Koval Ginger, Mint, Ras El Hanout]
Mr. Dynamite [Bombay East Gin, Shisho, Togarashi, Orange Pekoe Tea, Wakame Lemongrass Ice]

View the full menu here

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