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Love a Negroni? Us, too. And over the next week, you’ll have plenty of reason to partake in one (or twenty) thanks toThe Amazing Hat Trick Negroni Tour in Charleston.

Local distiller of Hat Trick Gin, High Wire Distilling Co., is hosting The Amazing Hat Trick Negroni Tour in celebration of the negroni — traditionally, Gin, Campari, and Vermouth. From June 5 through the 11th, we will be featuring our own riff on the negroni, The Madam Rosita, one of 20 negronis in Charleston from participating bars. Gain stamps from 10 of the 20 spots, and you’ll be eligible for a prize that’s yet to be revealed, but sure to be enjoyed. Pick up your tour map at The Gin Joint, sip on your Madam Rosita, and earn your first stamp.

The Madam Rosita [Hat Trick Gin, Via Bittersweet Vermouth, Campari, Rose Wine]

The Amazing Hat Trick Negroni Tour runs June 5-11.

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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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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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Negroni Week starts Monday, June 6! Negroni Week, presented by Imbibe Magazine and Campari, is a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails — Gin, Campari and Vermouth— and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world. For each Negroni ordered at a participating bar or restaurant, a portion of proceeds go to a charitable organization.

This year, The Gin Joint has joined in Negroni Week! $2 of any of the five Negronis on the menu, ordered from June 6-12, will go to The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit supporting our food & beverage neighbors in Atlanta, Georgia.

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NEGRONI WEEK MENU
Negroni [Beefeater Gin, Carparno Antica, Campari]
White Negroni [Big Gin, Lilet Blanc, Suze, Orange Bitters]
Cynar Negroni [Boodles Gin, Cynar 70, Carpano Antica]
Negroni Noir [Botanist Gin, Amaro Lucano, East India Solera]

About The Giving Kitchen:
The intent of The Giving Kitchen is to be the beyond-expectation resource at times of unanticipated crisis for anyone employed in the Atlanta, Georgia restaurant community. Peace of mind that we are a stronger, beloved community is the outcome we hope to create. Read the story of our friend, Atlanta Chef Ryan Hidinger: http://thegivingkitchen.org/our-story

Come, drink for the cause!

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Just in time for 2016 Charleston Wine + Food Festival, we unrolled a menu of new Spring cocktails. Using ingredients like Meyer lemon sherbet, turmeric tonic, and pistachio orgeat, we’ve created 15 brand new cocktails, our own culinary-inspired libations, our bartenders can’t wait to serve up. Not sure which to try? In each section, we’ve sorted the menu with cocktails most approachable listed first and ending with the most off the wall. Here are just a few cocktails you’ll find on the new menu. For the full list, view the menu.

Spring 2016 cocktails

Puddle Jumper Death’s Door Gin, Génépy des Alpes, Strega, Lime, Grains of Paradise Syrup, Thyme [under Spring Up]

Funny Farm Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal, Roasted Poblano Honey, Lime, Giffard Banana Liqueur, Orgeat, Banana Chip  [under Out of the Box]

Studmuffin Charleston Madeira, Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur, St. George Coffee Liqueur, Amaro Sibilla, Sumac Bay Leaf Ice Cubes [under Strong Like Bull]

View the full Spring Menu online.

Here for Charleston Wine + Food Festival? Tanqueray Gin will be joining us in house Friday, March 4, from 5:30-7:30pm for cocktail hour. Lady Tanqueray herself, Rachel Ford, will be mingling among guests! You’ll also find us slinging cocktails and serving up our best eats at On the Rocks (‘N Roll) on Saturday, March 5. Get tickets to the event. 

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Charleston Restaurant Week is back January 6-17, 2016, and during the 12-day celebration of all things food and beverage in Charleston, our bartenders and chef will be rolling out a special menu of cocktail and food pairings. As always, they craft each cocktail-snack duo to perfectly pair together. Each pairing is just $15, and only available during Restaurant Week.

Here’s a look at our menu. Find two savory snacks and two dessert pairings below.

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CHARLESTON RESTAURANT WEEK AT THE GIN JOINT

FARMER’S DELL (Pictured above) Gin, Parsley, Chive, Dolin Blanc, Matcha Tea
– paired with –
CAULIFLOWER CRUDIT (Pictured above) Pan-Roasted Cauliflower with Boiled Peanut “Hummus”

ISLAND HOPPING Nori Infused Pisco, Dry Curaçao, Lime, Simple Syrup, Laphroig Scotch, Angostura Bitters, Egg White
– paired with –
SHRIMP POTSTICKERS Pan-Fried Dumplings filled with Local Shrimp, Garlic, Ginger, Chile, and Cabbage, Ssam Sauce

VAYA CON DIOS (Pictured below) Mezcal, Antiguo Anejo, Sherry, Madeira, Orange Twist, Orange Bitters
– paired with –
MEXICAN CHOCOLATE BRULÉE (Pictured below) Custard with Cocoa, Cinnamon and Chile, topped with Caramelized Sugar

PRAIRIE SCHOONER Zaya 12 Rum, Suze, Preserved Lemon, Malort, Angostura Bitters
– paired with –
LEMON POUND CAKE with Honey Basil Ice Cream

Vaya Con Dios Mexican Chocolate Brulee

View the Restaurant Week Menu as PDF.
View our full menu including seasonal cocktails and provisions here.

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This Saturday, November 14, join us at The Gin Joint for an evening featuring The Dewberry’s bar manager, Ryan Casey mixing cocktails alongside our own bar manager, James Bolt. The night will include a special cocktail menu with libations from both Casey and Bolt, in addition to our Bartender’s Choice section where guests can order using two adjectives.

This is the first time in The Gin Joint’s five year history that a guest bartender will join during service to help shake, sling, and swizzle cocktails.

The Dewberry is set to open in Spring 2016 in the reimagined Federal Building, a midcentury landmark overlooking Marion Square. Ryan Casey is the manager for The Dewberry’s bar program and is an esteemed Charleston mixologist previously known for being behind the bars of Fig, McCrady’s and Edmund’s Oast in Charleston. In 2014, he was named one of Food & Wine‘s “Best New Mixologists.”

The Gin Joint is set to open at its normal time of 3:00 p.m. with Ryan Casey behind the bar from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. No reservations or RSVP are required to attend — simply drop in The Gin Joint and have a drink with us.

Click here to view Casey and Bolt’s cocktail menu [Scroll to page 3 for Saturday, November 14 cocktail menu]

More About The Dewberry: thedewberrycharleston.com

 

 

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Oct. 30
2015

You probably know by now that we’re all about cocktails. And we’ll use any day as an occasion to drink proper. So we’re putting our own spins on classic cocktails that seem only appropriate to be sipping this weekend for Halloween.

Friday and Saturday evenings, you’ll find Spirits and Brews of the Night that we’ll be pouring alongside our Fall Cocktail Menu [roll back one post — we’ve just unveiled the menu!].

Spirits and Brews of the Night
Sleepy Hollow [Pisco, Averna, Pedro Ximénez Sherry]
Zombie [Appleton Rum, 151 Rum, Falernum, Grenadine, Allspice Dram, Absinthe, Angostura Bitters, Mint]
Black Rose [Zaya Rum, Burnt Sugar, Absinthe]
Satan’s Whiskers [Mezcal, Ginger Beer, Pomegranate Molasses, Orgeat, Lemon, Grenadine]
Corpse Reviver No. 182 [Gin, Lemon, Lillet, Cointreau, Absinthe]

Stop by, drink proper and test your cocktail knowledge. We’ll be hosting a harmless “Trick or Drink” game at each table where you choose whether a cocktail name is a classic, or simply a trick! Just for stopping by and participating, we’ll be entering you to win our grand prize of the weekend — a cocktail tote by Bittermilk, complete with a cocktail mixer, Mason Shaker, jigger and muddler for your home bar. Get a head start… here’s a preview of what to expect:

Cocktail Name: “The Jabberwock”

Trick or Drink — Is it a classic (drink)…  or a trick? What do you think?

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Sep. 09
2015

Charleston Restaurant Week is here! Once again, we’ve teamed up with the Charleston Restaurant Association and put together a special menu just for the 12 day Charleston-wide event. Charleston Restaurant Week runs Wednesday, September 9 through two full weekends and ends Sunday, September 20. In addition to our summer menu of cocktails and provisions, we’ll also have the below menu of five pairings of cocktails and food.

RESTAURANT WEEK MENU / Cocktail and Food Pairings
September 9-20, 2015
Choose 2 for $30 (or $15 each)

THE CIRCUS
[Glenlevit 12, Tanqueray, Black Tea, Campari, Lemon, Tarragon]
– with –
CROSTINI WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES
[Roasted Summer Vegetables, Cauliflower and Goat Cheese Purée]

FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
[Beefeater Gin, Plantation 20th, Lemon, Yuzu, Lemon Grass, Honey]
– with –
PICKLED SHRIMP
[Lemon, Caper, Onion, Grilled Ciabatta]

COOL RUNNINGS
[Wray and Nephew Rum, Coconut, Lime, Honey, Smith and Cross Rum, Grapefruit, Tiki Bitters]
– with –
PASTILLA
[Spicy Jamaican Jerk Meat Pie]

MIMSOA COLLINS
[Beefeater Gin, Orange, Yellow Chartreuse, Aperol, Lemon, Champagne]
– with –
BLUEBERRY JOHNNNY CAKE
[Geechie Boy Mill Cornmeal, Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup]

AMARI CALIMOCHO
[Rittenhouse Rye, Fernet, Cola Syrup, Red Wine, Angostura Amaro]
– with –
COLA CAKE
[with Fernet Ice Cream]

The pairings go together like PB & J, so please no substitutions.

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