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The Charleston Lifestyle: Charity Golf Tourney, Art Expo, Cocktail Contest continues
9/25/2014 3:24:29 PM

Peligroso Tequila Launch Party Blu Restaurant on Folly beach was full of tequila enthusiast as Peligroso introduced its delicious tequila to the Charleston market. In true VIP fashion, the event included food, activities and a live band. We were treated to a tasting of the entire Peligroso product line of Blanco, Reposado, Anejo and Cinnamon flavored tequila. The crafty bartenders at Blu created four cocktails to showcase the versatility of the tequila while incorporating a little Charleston flair. We didn’t leave the event empty handed. Guest received swag bags full of Peligroso products including a water bottle and keychain. There was even a printing station were guest could create custom Peligroso t-shirts and tanks tops.

Arts Expo: The College of Charleston Cistern played host to an art explosion. Dance companies, art galleries and theatre groups represented their respective crafts during the Sunday afternoon fair. Booths lined the lawn as families, students and supporters of the Arts checked out what’s new on the scene. Several groups raffled off season tickets to upcoming performances and swag promoting their projects. Local businesses like Lowcountry Local First and Yelp! Charleston was on hand to lend their support to the fine arts community. We saw performances from solo arts and dance troupes like WOSA of Charleston. No to mention the weather was perfect for a family friendly day at the park

Signature Cocktail Contest 1.4: Mixologist Jonathan Calo displayed his original cocktail creation he lovely calls, La Doux Picante. The cocktail is comprised of wood grilled peaches and pomegranate, smoked peppers, Lunazul Blanco, Pama Liqueur and champagne. The bilingual name pays tribute to its Mexican and French influences. Jonathan topped the drink off with an edible orchid he picked fresh from a local flower shop. Jonathan has been working behind the bar for more than 13 years. He gave us great information on difference spirits and some upcoming cocktail events. Visit Jonathan at Burwell’s Stone Fire Grille. Vote for your favorite cocktail in the Signature Cocktail Contest for the Red Party. You may be the winner of a free ticket to The Red Party. Visit for all the cocktail tasting dates. Remember, the event is free and so are the cocktail samples! Jonathan treated us to a little custom tasting session afterward. We sampled a delicious rare rums and mezcal. We started with Vida Mezcal. Mezcal is a spirit made from the agave plant just like tequila. The difference between mezcal and tequila comes down to location. In order to be called tequila the agave plant must be grown and harvested in one of 5 regions of Mexico: Jalisco, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. This difference gives the two spirits uniquely distinct flavors. Vida Mezcal was spicy, earthy and robust without a bitter aftertaste. Much better than the other mescals we have tried. To our delight, Jonathan offered us some rum straight from the Canary Island. Artemi and Doramas honey rums are surprisingly sweet and round with a beautifully light aftertaste. I just realized that we don’t drink enough rum. I also realized that we need to visit the Canary Islands, ASAP.

Chase After A Cure Charity Golf Tournament: Adam White has done phenomenal things with his non-profit organization, Chase After A Cure. Their mission statement, to bring awareness and funding for children diagnosed with cancer. The golf tournament at Patriots Point did both. Before the games commenced, Adam took a moment to remind everyone of the cause and to continue to support finding a cure. Aside from taking a swing at the $10,000 hole-in-one prize, golfers could also bid on a wide assortment of auction items donated by Charleston area businesses. Several holes throughout the course were sponsored by and offered an additional incentive to participants. While we are novices to the game of golf and forgot our clubs, we fully enjoyed the event as spectators taking in the beautiful scenery and cheering on the participants. Lunch was hosted by HomeTeam BBQ with drinks provided by Beverage Co. featuring a specialty cocktail using Charleston Mix’s Bloody Mary Mix; delicious. Chase After A Cure host an annual Gala in January. Please contact Adam White at for more information about the organization and sponsorship opportunities.
By "The Cocktail Bandits" - Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell
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