December 5th marks the day that the 18th Amendment was repealed ending the Prohibition era in the United States. After thirthteen years without the legal sale of alcohol, Americans were once again allowed to indulge in spirits. In celebration of this important day in cocktail culture, Old Granddad Whisky and Charleston Rickshaw sponsored a pub crawl and cocktail contest. Charleston Mixologists were challenged to make a signature Repeal Day cocktail using Old Granddad Whisky. Judges were encouraged to dress in 1920’s era clothing and taste six different competing cocktails at six different downtown bars. A caravan of rickshaws were parked out front each location ready to chauffeur boa draped flappers to their next cocktail and small bite. The event concluded at the aptly named Prohibition bar on King to the tunes of a 1920’s swing band.
First stop on the Repeal Day pub crawl, Goorin’s Hat Shop for a bag of goodies and Jim Beam Double Aged Whiskey.
2nd stop on the Repeal Day Pub Crawl, Boone’s Bar. The mixologist, Dillon, served us up their twist on a classic New York Sour using Old Granddad Whiskey. Yum!
3rd stop at Husk Restaurant trying their Repeal Day cocktail call Daryl’s Dad Darby cocktail. It was made with Old Grandad grapefruit juice, lime and agave. It was great! Love whiskey and grapefruit juice together.
4th stop enjoyed Burwells and loved Jonathan Calo’s cocktail called Ring the Bell. It was delicious! Calo’s cocktails are always FAB!!
The 5th stop, The Whisky Bar trying the Devil’s Coffin. It was really good.
Proof on King street was stop #6. Mixologist Craig Nelson created a Brooklyn Manhattan for the contest.
Last stop, Mixologist Jim McCourt at Prohibition created a cocktail called the Nameless Granddad using Old Granddad whiskey. That froth on the cocktail is caused by using egg whites in your cocktail.