Spoleto Sips is back for the 2023 Festival season!
The town is in the spirit! Spoleto-inspired beverages hit Charleston menus this week. During the Festival season, find these sips at the town’s hop haunts to keep you refreshed the entire 17 days. Whether you’re enjoying the cocktails or the non-alcoholic options, don’t forget to share your 2023 Spoleto Sip on your socials and tag us @SpoletoFestivalUSA on Instagram!
- The Iron Rose at Mills House Hotel: Garden Gimlet and a non-alcoholic option, The Hermes
Inspired by An Iliad, the Garden Gimlet features Gin, Lime Juice, House-Infused Serrano Syrup, Muddled with Cucumber and a garnish. The Hermes was named by An Iliad star Denis O’Hare for the god’s fiery nature. The Hermes is a non-alcoholic option featuring Soda Water, House-Infused Serrano Syrup, Muddled with Cucumber and topped with a mint leaf.
- FIG: Key of Q
The Key of Q is infused with Ford’s gin, Singani, Montenegro, Lemon, and Blackberry. “This cocktail is a summertime sour with lots of lemon and ripe blackberry flavor honoring our longtime friend, Quentin Baxter.”
- Sorelle: Spoleto Spritzer
Limoncello, Mommenpop Sevilla Orange, Rinomato Bianco & Prosecco blend together to form the Spoleto Spritzer. Inspired by the late Director of Chamber Music Geoff Nuttall, this beverage is easily enjoyed by chamber music enthusiasts and novices alike.
- Firefly Distillery: Red Balloon
Celebrate Tank and the Bangas with their album-inspired Spoleto Sip made with Firefly Lowcountry Dry Gin, Sallie’s Greatest Strawberry Basil Simple Syrup, Fresh Lime Juice, topped with Ginger Beer.
- Renzo: Irregular Harp Beat
Inspired by Jazz harpist Brandee Younger, the Irregular Harp Beat matches Younger’s driving jazz-funk sound. An ode to New Orleans—a birthplace of jazz and cocktails—this drink features rye, benedictine, absinthe, Peychaud’s bitters.
- Faculty Lounge: The Rite of Spring
Filled with florals and fruits for spring, this cocktail inspired and named for The Rite of Spring mixes Tequila-Sake Pear Sangria, Grapefruit, Lime, and Soda to create the perfect seasonal sip.
- Rancho Lewis: Desert Rose
Featuring Tequila and Citrus, this floral cocktail is also inspired by The Rite of Spring with notes of hearty Hibiscus, Ginger Root, and Sotol (also known as the desert spoon).
- Husk: Rice Bird
Featuring Carolina Gold Sake, Nippitaty Gin, Grapefruit Juice, and Mint, this cocktail is named after the Bobolink or the “Rice Bird,” which annually migrate 12,500 miles to and from South America every year. (Just like our artists and visitors during the Festival’s 17 days!)
- Basic Kitchen: Poet’s Love Potion
A play on A Poet’s Love, the Poet’s Love Potion mixes Hat Trick Gin, Luxardo, Lime, and Pomegranate/Sage shrub to create a lovely concoction.
- Vern’s: La Sera
Meaning “evening” in Italian, La Sera includes a Sardinian Vermouth made from Orange Wine, Cappelletti Bitter Aperitif, and a dry Italian Vermouth, finished with a Shiso Bitters. “We were inspired by the Italian tradition of having an evening aperitif to sip on before a big meal, blending a variety of dry and bitter vermouths to make a balanced cocktail served on the rocks with a twist,” notes Bethany Heinze of Vern’s.
- The Ordinary: A Poet’s Love
Combining Rhum J.M. Gold, Guava, Passionfruit, Lime, Grenadine, and Bitters. Notes The Ordinary’s Christian Favier: “To draw a connection to A Poet’s Love and our bar program focused on authentic Caribbean rum, we turned towards the figure of the modern French Caribbean, Aimé Césaire. He was a Martinique born poet and writer, who built a career uplifting and speaking to the power of French people of the African Diaspora, eventually acting as president of the Regional Council of Martinique. This cocktail is a play on Un Planteur, a traditional drink from Martinique utilizing fruits and rhum native to the island.”
- Coterie: Tituba’s Revenge
This bright beverage features Amrut Fusion (Indian Scotch), Goslings Rum (Tituba’s Barbados origin), Pineapple, Blue Curaçao, Coconut Foam, Flamed Lapsong Suchong Tincture. This is a Scottish (Indian) influenced pina colada deconstructed with some witch magic fire and an image placed on the drink. Drawing from the rum’s name, Coterie drew inspiration from the Scottish Ballet’s reimagining of The Crucible.
- Virginia’s on King: Only an Orange Apart
A classic mixture of Tito’s, Orange Juice, and Triple Sec come together to create Only an Orange Apart, inspired by the Spoleto premiere of Only An Octave Apart.
- 39 Rue de Jean: In Defense of Rage
Inspired by An Iliad, the In Defense of Rage combines Citrus Infused Vodka, Hot Honey Syrup, Vanilla Bean Syrup, and Muddled Basil for a spicy taste.
- Vincent Chiccos: New World Negroni
For the New World Symphony, Vincent Chiccos mixes Basil Hayden, Campari, Hazelnut Liqueur, and Sweet Vermouth.
- Victor’s Seafood & Steak: Gin and other Myths
Inspired by the physical theater feats from Gravity & Other Myths, this drink combines Hat Trick Gin, St Germain, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Blackberries, and Basil.
- Coast Bar and Grill: Cosmojito Magic
Inspired by tap dance sensation, Ayodele Casel, and her production Chasing Magic. The Cosmojito Magic mixes Local Zest Lemon Drop Vodka, Velvet Falernum, Cranberry Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, and Fresh Mint.
- The Commodore: Spoleto Sling
For a touch of class, the Spoleto Sling combines your choice of Gin or Vodka, Pear Nectar, Honey Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, a Splash of Soda, a Rosemary Sprig & Wrapped Lemon Peel.
- Herd Provisions: In The Mood
Mixing Hendricks Gin, Aperol, Boomsma Clooisterbitter, Lime, Rose, and Green Cardamom, Herd Provisions created the jazz-standard-inspired sip: In The Mood.
- O-ku: Rosemary’s Portico
Inspired by the porticos commonly found in Charleston, O-Ku created Rosemary’s Portico with Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, Lemon, Rosemary, and Prosecco.