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Apr. 01
2016

Did you see? A Gin Joint original made Liquor.com‘s monthly list of 11 New Cocktails to Drink in Bars Right Now! Scoot over to the slideshow to find what 11 cocktails made the list alongside the Village Idiot.
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New to the Spring menu, the Village Idiot is surprisingly refreshing. Made with Plantation 3 Star Rum, Diplomatico Rum, Meyer Lemon Sherbet, Lemon, Egg White, and Duck Fat Powder, it’s a cocktail that reveals layers of complexity to those interested.

In classic cocktail making, sherbet is an acidified oleo saccharum. (Oleo saccharums are bright citrus syrups made from saturating fresh citrus peel in sugar to express its natural oils. Here’s an example of an oleo saccharum, made by Tippleman’sWe make our sherbet for this cocktail using Meyer lemons, hand peeled and saturated in organic cane sugar, then and add the juice of the Meyer lemons, which in the cocktail gives more unique lemon flavor from the peel than using juice alone. The duck fat powder emulsifies when shaken, changing the viscosity of the drink and giving the golden drink a frothy top.

It’s just one of our new Spring cocktails, though. See the full Spring menu here.

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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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Dec. 09
2015

‘Tis the season! Eggnog is back for the holidays.

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‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! And all season, eggnog is flowing from this watering hole. Made in house with aged rum, brandy, milk, farm fresh egg, cream, sugar, spices ( and everything nice), eggnog will be available through New Year’s Eve.

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Want to make eggnog at home? Try the Raya’s Bittermilk No.7 Nog. You’ll find Bittermilk No.7 to purchase at The Gin Joint!

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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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Oct. 27
2015

Beginning today, you’ll notice a little something new here. We’re introducing our Fall cocktail list. You’ll find 15 brand new cocktails divided into four sections — Blockbuster, Roman Holiday, Oh My Gourd, and Abandon Ship.

Here’s what to expect on your next Gin Joint visit:

BLOCKBUSTER
[our “hit” cocktails, bright and refreshing]
Whiplash Nettle Tea Gin, Green Chartreuse, Lime, Honey Syrup, Fennel, Fenugreek, Mint
Stone’s Throw St. George Dry Rye Resposado, Apricot Carpano Bianco, Noyaux, Grapefruit Bitters, Flamed Grapefruit Twist
Whirly Bird Pisco, Brown Butter Gin, Pineapple, Lemon, Smoked Honey, Celery Shrub, Vanilla, Burlesque Bitters, Sage
Jock Tamson Aquavit, Laphroaig 10 Scotch, Grapefruit, Lemon, Sugar, Yellow Chartreuse, Cucumber Bitters, Rosemary

ROMAN HOLIDAY
[Strong and serious, stirred cocktails.]
Off Hand High West Campfire Rye, Burnt Sugar, Averna, Campari, Cinnamon, Walnut Bitters, Flamed Absinthe Lemon Twist
Amari Calimocho Rittenhouse Rye, Fernet, Garnacha, Barrel Aged Cola Syrup, Angostura Amaro, Angostura Bitters, Orange Twist
Shipwreck Plantation 5 Year Rum, Scarlet Ibis Trinidad Rum, Counter Culture Cold Brew Coffee, Barolo Chinato, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, Mole Bitters
Lucky Luciano Vieil Armagnac, Burnt Orange Syrup, Montenegro, Luxardo Abano, Decanter Bitters, Grapefruit Twist

OH MY GOURD
[Quintessentially Fall drinks.]
La Flama Blanca Mezcal Vago, Beet Syrup, Lime, Arrack, Kina L’Avion, Sumac, Abinsthe
Gutter Sparrow Zaya 12 Rum, Smoked Butternut Squash, Orgeat, Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Whole Egg, Angostura Bitters, Nutmeg, Bulls Bay Smoked Salt
Continental Army Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy, Caraway Orgeat, Lime, Seville Orange, Falernum, Sugar, Muddled Apple
Hemlock Sipsmith Sloe Gin,  Imbue Petal & Thorn, Lemon, Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violettes, Sparkling Rosé, Lemon Twist

ABANDON SHIP
[Our farewell to Charleston Summer, Fall cocktails with hints of Summer flavors.]
Johnny Eightpence Curry Leaf Gin, Muscadine, Funador, Lemon, Lillet Rouge, Lambrusco
Sea Legs Wray & Nephew Rum, Smith & Cross Rum, Coconut Syrup, Lime, Grapefruit, Créole Shrubb, Tiki Bitters, Pink Peppercorns, Lime Twist
Ja’Crispy Ransom Old Tom Gin, Lemon, Horseradish Honey, Strega, Pamplemousse Liqueur

View the full menu here.

Which of these fall cocktails are on your list to try?

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Apr. 11
2015

We introduced many of our Spring cocktails just a few weeks ago, but we’ve mixed up just a few more bring more fresh Spring notes to the cocktail menu.

Here’s what’s new:

Gin
IVORY TOWER – St. George Terrior Gin, White Port, Honey, Verjus, Grape, Rosemary
WHISTLE STOP – Boodles Gin, Rose Petal Syrup, Lemon, Uncouth Vermouth Wildflower, Sailors Aperitif, Sage, Cucumber
GOLD DIGGER – Broker Gin, Chamomile Tea Syrup, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lemon Oleo Saccharum, Suze, Pamplemousse, Cilantro, Grapefruit Bitters

Rum
SIGNATORY – Banks 7 Run, Genepy Des Alpes, Tempus Fuit Violettes, Lime, Tonka Bean Syrup

Agave
VARIETY SHOW- Peloton Mezcal, Carpano, Zirbenz Stone Pine, Ramozzati, Mole Bitters

WHISTLE STOP [Boodles Gin, Rose Petal Syrup, Lemon, Uncouth Vermouth Wildflower, Sailors Aperitif, Cucumber, Sage]

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You’ll find these in addition to these cocktails, and throwbacks like the Gin Basil Smash, Bourbon Renewal and Antebellum that we’ve brought back to the menu.

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Last week, Southern Living magazine posted a new guide to our beloved Charleston, highlighting the places to stay, things to see, and, of course what to eat and drink while you’re in the holy city. [We have to say, Southern Living, it’s a delight to be included on your short list of things to do in your quick two-minute guide to Charleston.]

So travel bugs, while you’re here, take a stroll down E. Bay Street and drop in for a cocktail. Choose from our seasonal menu of pre-Prohibition era inspired cocktails, or opt for the bartenders choice.

Watch Southern Travel Guide: Charleston from Southern Living:

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Jan. 13
2015

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As the seasons change, so do our cocktails. We’ve just made some additions to our winter menu, including our newest cocktails below. See the full menu for descriptions of all our winter drinks and bar snacks.

Newest Cocktails:
Gin: White Collar (above), Death Grip
Rum: Pirateer
Absinthe: Card Shark
Agave: Vaya con Dios (below)
Top Shelf: Midwinter Old Fashioned

The Vaya con Dios cocktail, minus a sip or dos.

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