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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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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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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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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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Drop by The Gin Joint between January 7 and 18 during 2015’s first Charleston Restaurant Week. Twice a year during Charleston Restaurant Association‘s 11-day celebration of Charleston’s culinary scene, our chef and bartenders team up to offer the perfect pairings of cocktails and food designed just for Restaurant Week.

Here’s a look at our January Restaurant Week menu. This year, we’ve created four pairings  — two for the savory tastebud and two for the sweet tooth. Each pairing is $10. (Read: You’ll get a free, perfectly paired bar snack or dessert with your cocktail.) Foodies and cocktail enthusiasts, see you January 7-18.

Pork Slider and King Cotton cocktail
Pictured: King Cotton with Hoisin Glazed Pork Slider

CHARLESTON RESTAURANT WEEK MENU
JANUARY 7-18, 2015
$10 per pairing, plus tax and gratuity

SAVORY:
LINCOLN GREEN
Gin, Dolin Dry, Imbue Bitterweet, Lillet Blanc, Lemon, Basil, Dandelion Burdock Bitters
– with –
RICOTTA STUFFED MEATBALL
San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Ciabatta

KING COTTON (pictured)
Plantation 3 Star Rum, Lemongrass, Pomelo Oleo, Pomelo Juice, Lime, Arrack
– with –
HOISIN GLAZED PORK SLIDER
House Pretzel Bun, Mustard Greens Kimchi, Pickled Vegetables

SWEET:
THE RANDY
Bourbon, Swedish Punsch, Averna, Carpano Antica, Cacao, Bulls Bay Smoked Sea Salt, Angostura
- with -
FRENCH SILK PIE
Dark Chocolate Custard with Chantilly Cream and Raspberry

MILK PUNCH
Appleton VX, Ansac Cognac, Lemon Oleo, Chai Tea, Oatmeal Spiced Milk
– with –
OATMEAL “CREAM” PIE
Sweetened House Ricotta with Vanilla Bean

view/print menu as pdf

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