Last week, Free Times went inside Copper Horse Distillery in the Vista; this week, Copper Horse went inside us as Drink of the Week. Rather than being made in bulk and filtered until purified, Old Mill vodka is distilled slowly and carefully, which prevents the need for multiple filtrations, and allows the natural flavors of the source grains from which it is distilled to emerge. Made from a blend of 70 percent corn and 30 percent wheat, the vodka has a corn-flavored sweetness reminiscent of a white whiskey, but smoother. Copper Horse owner Richard Baker says he crafted the vodka recipe to work well in earthy cocktails like bloody marys and martinis, but also found it goes well in fruity cocktails like a Madras or Tom Collins. I took that idea, added some ripe peaches from Ridge Spring, South Carolina, and came up with a simple cocktail for the last sweltering days of summer. (Crowdsourced tip from Labor Day weekend: The corn sweetness of this vodka does not mix well with most tonics.)
Old Mill Peach Smash
2 oz. Copper Horse Old Mill vodka
1 ripe peach, pitted and quartered
2 sprigs fresh spearmint
Muddle half a ripe peach with mint and crushed ice in a rocks glass. Stir in vodka, top with soda and garnish with a slice of peach and a sprig of mint. — Jonathan Sharpe
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
Veteran Vapors now open!
Veteran-owned and operated, Veteran Vapors is located at 2308 Airport Blvd. in West Columbia. This month, 10% of all juice sales will be donated to Save the Ta-Tas. Special discounts available to veterans, military and public safety officials.
$10 Spa Specials!
Join us for 60-minute facials, microdermabrasion, bikini waxing, and more for only $10! 823 Gervais Street, Suite 120. Text your appointment request to 803-468-4643.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
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