#10: Tequila Sunrise
Where to find the best Tequila Sunrise: Husk
Dan Latmer, an executive and mixologist of Husk restaurant in historic downtown Charleston, created his own version of the Tequila Sunrise which is dubbed the Tequila Sunset. This tasty recipe combines Jack Rudy small batch tonic, fresh grapefruit juice, a shot of añejo tequila and a little soda water with a few dashes of grapefruit bitters over a handful of ice. The result is a tasty summertime cocktail perfect for relaxing during a Lowcountry evening.
#9: Long Island Iced Tea
Where to find the best Long Island Iced Tea: Firefly Distillery
Admittedly, you can get a Long Island Iced Tea in many different flavors and styles. But, no matter where you go to get one in Charleston, make it a point to ask for locally distilled Firefly Vodka to get the full Southern experience. Located on Wadmalaw Island just south of Charleston, the Firefly Distillery produces a delicious, hand-crafted sweet tea flavored vodka which has quickly grown into a favorite among Charlestonians. Good sweet tea takes priority over most other non-alcoholic beverages in the South which is why this brilliant combination has flourished.
#8: White Russian
Where to find the best White Russian in Charleston: The Ordinary
The Ordinary is a unique Southern seafood hall and oyster bar located in an old bank on King Street in historic downtown Charleston. This unforgettable building has been meticulously transformed into a high energy, bustling American brasserie. You’ll find a large selection of fresh, local seafood with an emphasis on oysters and delicious shellfish. The wine menu compliments the seafood infused dishes perfectly while one of the highlights on their cocktail menu is the White Russian made with fresh goat’s milk.
#7: Moscow Mule
Where to find the best Moscow Mule in Charleston: The Rarebit
The Rarebit is one of the most unique retro-style bars in the Lowcountry. Inspired by the diner-theme of the 1950’s, this upscale cocktail bar and restaurant serves up delicious Southern breakfast dishes all day. Some of our favorites include their signature chicken and waffles or the mouth watering huevos rancheros. They also serve lunch and dinner as well as late night eats. The cocktail list is no slouch either which features their tasty Moscow Mule made with their housemade ginger beer and served in their unique copper mugs.
#6: Mint Julep
Where to find the best Mint Julep in Charleston: The Gin Joint
Many visitors coming to Charleston don’t necessarily plan on going to The Gin Joint because many have never heard of it. It’s one of those rustic, homey gems that’s tucked away from the main tourist trail. Located off East Bay street, this speakeasy style bar has a warm and personal atmosphere complimented by some of the best Mint Juleps in the Lowcountry. They also serve distinctive bar appetizers and small eats like the pad thai popcorn, duck empanadas or the ricotta stuffed meatballs.
Where to find the best mimosa in Charleston: Hominy Grill
There’s no better place to enjoy a mimosa during a late morning brunch in historic downtown Charleston. Nationally acclaimed and locally beloved, Hominy Grill is a Charleston institution serving classic Southern specialties that taste just like Grandma used to make. Their housemade pumpkin ginger bread with the signature shrimp and grits is an absolute knock-out-of-the-park winner when it comes to breakfast done right.
Where to get the best mojito in Charleston: Coast Bar and Grill
Coast’s chefs meet daily with local farmers and fishermen to procure the freshest seafood and produce in the Lowcountry. At the heart of the restaurant is the hickory and oak custom made wood burning grill, a feature you will only find at Coast. But one of our favorite attractions at Coast is their award winning mojitos. Coast features 5 different types of signature mojitos including mango, Hawaiian peach, strawberry, cucumber melon and their classic mojito.
Where to find the best Sangria in Charleston: Slightly North of Broad
If you’re not sure how good sangria can be, trust the Southern lifestyle magazine Garden and Gun who ran a whole article about the recipe used for Slightly North of Broad’s peach sangria. Nicknamed “Southern Sangria”, this tasty recipe includes fresh Southern peaches and strawberries, a good portion of white wine and a splash of brandy, perfect for relaxing on a Summer’s evening.
Where to find the best martini in Charleston: Cypress
Cypress has become one of Charleston’s staple restaurants over the last decade not only because of its award winning Lowcountry cuisine, but also because of their fantastic cocktails and historic ambiance. Their signature Lavender Martinis have garnered rave reviews from even the staunchest of critics. While you’re there make sure to try their crisp wasabi tuna with carrots, turnips, radishes, edamame, shiitake mushrooms covered in a ginger-garlic glaze.
Where to find the best Margarita in Charleston: Taco Boy
Taco Boy has a reputation for making mouth watering gourmet tacos with all of the delicious Mexican sides you can think of including their freshly made in-house salsa and guacamole, but they also serve up some of Charleston’s best margaritas. Their special house concoction of fresh pineapple, cinnamon and vanilla infused Sauza Giro Gold tequila, fresh OJ and their house-made sweet and sour mix is perfect for relaxing after a day on the beach at their Folly location or their spot downtown on Huger street.
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