Admittedly, pre-mixed cocktails are not for purists. You probably won’t see many waxed-mustache, sleeve garter-owning mixologists pouring from a bottle of this stuff, but rules often have exceptions, and this one was a pleasant surprise. Branded as a pre-mixed version of an old fashioned, Hochstadter’s makes its Slow & Low rock and rye whiskey from a six-year-old, 98-proof straight rye whiskey, which they macerate with sugar, along with honey, horehound and lots of dried citrus peel. (The name “rock and rye,” in case you’re wondering, comes from a pre-Prohibition cocktail of rye whiskey swizzled with rock candy, a concoction that became a home remedy for colds.) It’s bottled at 84 proof in a handsome, antique-looking glass fifth with a swirled neck, raised lettering and vintage typeface. And the look isn’t just slick marketing; Hochstadter’s was established in Philadelphia in 1884. If you’ve tried other brands of rock and rye and found them too sweet, give this much drier version a shot. Or rather, a sip, on the rocks with a splash of soda.
Make your own beer and wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop, 736 St. Andrews Road. Click to find out how!
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
The Castle Summer Camps
Clown Camp: Ages 7-12. Week of July 28 • Zombie Camp: Ages 10-15. Week of August 4. $125 per camp, discounts for siblings! 2076 Hwy Church Rd. 803-309-5586. TheEventCastle@yahoo.com
$7 Special Summer Menu at Tony’s Downtown
Stop in and try our special $7 summer menu (tax and drink included!) at Tony’s Pizza & Italian Eatery, downtown Columbia. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: