Earlier this month I set out to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, repealing the 18th amendment and putting an end to Prohibition. The choice was, of course, logical: Speakeasy in Five Points, where Templeton Rye brand reps were on hand (and dressed up as flappers) to offer tastings of their smooth and spicy rye. I started to order a classic rye cocktail until I saw Speakeasy manager Jonathan Ellison pull out a ginger root and start shaving it. Curious, I asked him what he was making. “Penicillin,” he said.
This salubriously named scotch-based mixed drink was originally created by craft cocktail pioneer Sam Ross at Milk & Honey in New York in 2008. Ellison makes his version with a demerara sugar syrup instead of honey, and garnishes it with a sprig of fresh mint, which he crushes with a ceremonious, open-handed thwack. Ellison suggests sipping the concoction through a straw from the bottom of the glass, to contrast the nose of fresh mint and smoky peatiness of the floater of Laphroaig against the sweetness of the ginger and brown sugar syrup at the bottom.
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
Juice of one lemon
2 ounces Dewars blended scotch
1 tablespoon demerara simple syrup
Shake and serve on the rocks, in a rocks glass. Float with one-quarter ounce Laphroaig (or other Islay single malt scotch) and garnish with fresh mint.
$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.
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.
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.
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
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!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18: