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Cocktail Recipes to Satisfy Your Thirst

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Cocktail glass with mint, jar of blackberries, lemons, lime
Craft thirst-quenching, tasty cocktails using SC ingredients.

The Palmetto State is home to many local distilleries and breweries as well as renowned restaurants and bars. But sometimes, you just want to enjoy a drink from the comfort of your own home. Using ingredients from some of our local crafters, these recipes are as unique as they are delicious. Check out the recipes below and make your own South Carolina-inspired cocktail. Click on the highlighted ingredients to learn more about these local products, and remember to always imbibe responsibly.

Peninsula Tea

Cocktail with ice, lemon, mint
Peninsula Tea is made with locally distilled Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.

1 oz of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

½ oz of Tippleman's Ginger Honey Syrup

½ oz of lemon juice

1 ½ oz of Blenheim Ginger Ale

Lemon wheel garnish

Mint sprig garnish

In a tall collins glass, add mint, lemon juice and Tippleman's Ginger Honey Syrup; muddle. Add ice. Gently pour in Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, then your favorite Blenheim Ginger Ale - hot, not-so-hot, or diet. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint sprig. Sip and be refreshed.

Carolina Shandy

Beer cocktail with lemon garnish
Columbia's River Rat Brewery makes a contribution to this foamy cocktail.

Cannonborough Craft Soda, Grapefruit Elderflower flavor

River Rat Brewery Twisted Lemon Wheat Ale (seasonal summer offering)

Hop garnish

Fill chilled pint glass halfway with River Rat Brewery Twisted Lemon Wheat Pale Ale, and then top with Cannonborough Grapefruit Elderflower Craft Soda. Sprinkle hops on top to garnish. Sip slowly.

Upstate Revival

1 ½ oz of Six & Twenty 5-Grain Bourbon

½ oz of lime juice

½ oz of peach juice

½ oz of Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic 

1 ½ oz of O & O Hooch Fizzy Limeade Mixer

Basil leaf garnish

Fresh SC peaches, sliced for garnish

Add Six & Twenty 5-Grain Bourbon, juices, O & O Hooch and Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic (made with Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt) to mixing tin full of ice. Shake passionately. Pour into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with basil leaf and peach slice. Enjoy this bracing drink.

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