Story by Terry Cermak + Photography by Lloyd Wainscott
New Yorkers love their alcohol, so much so that many cocktails have been named in their honor (The Manhattan, Long Island Iced Tea, The Brooklyn, to mention a few). Many Lowcountry residents love a great cocktail as well. With that in mind, the team of mixologists at Rollers Beer, Wine & Spirits have created a series of cocktails that celebrate local landmarks, events and founding fathers. This month’s featured libation is The Bluffton Farmer’s Market (aka, the Garden Vesper), wherein we transform James Bond’s austere altered martini into a botanical wonderland.
The Bluffton Farmer’s Market
(aka, the Garden Vesper)
1 ounce Bulrush gin
1 ounce Ketel One Grapefruit & Rose Botanical Vodka
1/2 ounce Cocchi Americano white
3 drops of lemon bitters
4 drops of Green Chartreuse (optional)
Add the first four ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice and stir vigorously for 30 seconds. Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with the Green Chartreuse, if using. Strain the contents of the mixing glass into the chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a dehydrated citrus wheel, a sprig of mint and flowered herbs.