what: Blanco Maria [note: online copy updated]
where: Bourbon, 1214 Main St., 403-1404
Bourbon bartender Sin Guanci, formerly of Le Bar at Etienne Brasserie in Athens, tied for first place on the judges’ scorecard at the Casamigos Tequila bartenders challenge on May 18 at City Roots. Guanci’s winning concoction was a Blanco Maria, a clear version of a Bloody Maria, the tequila-based variant of a Bloody Mary. (Last week we featured the other high-scoring cocktail, El Jorge, from Rosso.)
Guanci, who moonlights as a bartender in between teaching high school Latin classes, told the judges she and her fellow bartenders at Bourbon had an internal bracket competition for determining which employee’s cocktail they would present. Guanci’s smooth and well-balanced Blanco Maria, made with a clarified tomato, cucumber and herb broth that had been strained multiple times, was the winner not just among her co-workers at Bourbon, but with the judges, too.
The idea of a clear, well-strained tomato consommé in place of thick, pureed tomatoes as a base for a Bloody Mary was born, to the best of my internet research, with the Ghost of Mary at the now-defunct Great Bay restaurant bar in Boston. Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune in New York gave the cocktail new life again, popularizing it on the Prune menu. Now it has new life again, as the Blanco Maria at Bourbon.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
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