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The Charleston Lifestyle: Signature Contest, Greek Festival, Slow Sips Fundraiser
10/10/2014 11:05:00 AM

Signature Cocktail Contest 1.6: A restaurant that is most widely known for its fine cuts of beef; Stars’ Rooftop bartenders sure know how to make a cocktail. Mixologist Rochelle Jones created an inspired cocktail she lovingly named, Dame en Rouge. Rochelle used Lunazul Tequila Blanco, PAMA Liqueur, Southern Twist Bison Grass mixer, peppers and lemon juice. The “Lady in Red” was garnish with red pepper slices. This drink just made the competition that more challenging. We couldn’t resist indulging in some hors d’oeuvres. We share a small plate of sautéed duck and veggies on a hot, sweet roll. The duck buns were savory and light which paired nicely with our slightly spicy cocktail. More about this event on the blog, To cast your vote and get a full listing of the events to come, visit

Slow Sips Fundraiser: The Charleston chapter of Slow Food USA, a non-profit organization focused on an idea, way of living, and way of eating. This global grassroots movement promotes good, clean and fair food. The Thursday evening fundraiser which showcased five different tasting stations representing some local and regional liquor distilleries speaks to those values. Striped Pig Distillery, High Wire Distillery, Charleston Distilling Co., Virgil Kaine and Cathead Vodka all embody the Slow Sips credo. They all offer quality product, using locally grown and harvested ingredients at fair prices. It was a real treat to taste new product from some of our favorite local liquor producers. Virgil Kaine introduced a new ginger infused bourbon while Cathead Vodka proudly offered the latest addition to their product line, Hoodoo, a chicory flavored liqueur. Striped Pig Distillery finally revealed their lip smacking Bourbon after hinting about a new product on social media. We also had the opportunity to taste product from the new opened Charleston Distilling Co. It was worth the wait. Jasper’s Gin is delicious without the overwhelming juniper flavor. The Cocktail Club offered custom cocktails from each of the featured distilleries giving $1 to Slow Food Charleston. For more information on Slow Food Charleston, visit

Greek Fest: The Greek Festival was a weekend event that took place downtown at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity. The Greek Fest showcased food, music, jewelry, beer and wine from Greece. There were vending booths to purchase goodies, and a live band that had everyone dancing. We had a great time and we are excited about going next year.
By "The Cocktail Bandits" - Taneka Reaves and Johnny Caldwell
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