Fizzes, sours, slings, oh my! The legendary Charleston bar, The Gin Joint, isn't just known for mile-long list of sipping spirits, like its Oregon Pinot Noir Barrel Matured Pink Gin or Dewars 18-Year Scotch whisky. The Prohibition-era speakeasy is also known for bringing back cocktails of its time, like the fizz, swizzle, and smash. Owners Joe and MariElena Raya, who come from culinary hot spots The Four Seasons Palm Beach, The Breakers Hotel, and Robert’s of Charleston, advise you to "drink proper, and speak easy." The five must-try cocktails from The Gin Spot:
The Poquito Picante: It wouldn't be a gin institution if there wasn't the best gin on tap. Made with Broker’s Gin, Cointreau, lemon, habanero, cucumber, and cilantro, the drink is a spicy kick-off to summer.
Absinthe Sour: Toss out your old whiskey sour and imbibe on a new twist, with Pernod Absinthe Superieure, lemon, sugar, and Angostura.
Penicillan: This seriously potent drink isn't for the faint drinker. Kick one back with Famous Grouse Scotch, lemon, ginger-honey syrup, and Laphroaig Cask Strength whiskey.
Violet Fizz: A flowery take on the fizz, with crème de violette, Bombay Sapphire, lemon, and egg white.
Smoked Maple Old Fashioned: Off The Gin Joint's "BreakFizz" menu, this is one special hangover cure. Made with Wild Turkey Rye 101 Proof, smoked B-grade maple syrup, and black walnut bitters.