New Signature Craft Cocktails for 2016.
This season we’ve worked with our master mixologist, Todd Bayley to create a few new signature craft cocktails here at the Wicked Tuna that we think you’ll enjoy. Our new signature craft cocktails are inspired by the rich cultural history of the low country and crafted by hand using fresh local ingredients. We call our new line of signature cocktails “Legends of Lore. Spirits of the Low Country” and each new cocktail has a story of it’s own.
The Lost Ring. The legend of Alice Flagg. Forbidden by her family from marrying her true love from a lower class Alice died of a broken heart in the mid-1800s. Soon after she began appearing at her former mansion, the Hermitage, and at her final resting place, the All Saints Church cemetery in Pawleys Island dressed in a white wedding gown looking for her ring that her brother threw in the marsh. The lemon ring garnish on this cooler symbolizes Alice’s lost ring.
The Goat Island Martini. For the past 25 years goats have been kept to help control the brush on Goat Island here in Murrells Inlet. Every fall the goats are taken to a farm for the cold winter months, and every spring they’re brought back to Goat Island. In honor of the goats enjoy our Dirty Martini with goat cheese stuffed olives.
The Scarlet Sister Mary. Scarlet, the color of Blood, inspired this Bloody Mary. In 1920, Dr. Julius A. Mood of Sumter and a group of sportsmen bought Brookgreen, Springfield, Laurel Hill, and The Oaks to use as a hunting preserve. His daughter, Julia Mood Peterkin, made several visits to Brookgreen and used the area as the setting for some of her novels. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Scarlet Sister Mary in 1928.
The Atalaya. The Atalaya Castle was the winter home of Archer and Anna Huntington located here in Huntington Beach State Park. It was built during the great depression from 1931 to 1933 apparently without drawn plans. Local labor was used and helped bring new vigor to the local economy. The base of this cocktail is Sake, a rice wine to pay homage to the former rice plantations the castle was built on. The color matches the beautiful hand-wrought iron grills that cover the windows.
The Flagg Flood. This area was known for indigo rice plantations in the 1700 and 1800’s. The rice plantation era came to an end after the Civil War with the emancipation of the slaves and a series of hurricanes that culminated with the 1893 Hurricane (also known as the Flagg flood) where the Atlantic Ocean was reported to meet the Waccamaw River. This inspired us to create an indigo colored drink and use Sake a rice wine, as our base.
The Grey Man. The Grey Man is possibly the area’s most well known spirit spotted on the beaches of Pawleys Island for more than a century. His appearances are always well-timed warnings of approaching hurricanes. The legend tells of a young sailor desperate to reach his love in Pawleys Island, arriving only to be bucked from his horse and drowned in the rising tide’s surf after suffering from a broken neck. We chose to make this a spirit forward drink using 100 proof Rye Whiskey, Earl Grey tea, Sweet Vermouth, and bitters. Like the ghost, this drink may appear scary but finishes with good intentions.
The Palmetto Blossom. South Carolina designated the sabal palmetto as the official state tree in 1939. The palmetto symbolizes the defeat of the British fleet at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. The fort was constructed of palmetto logs which were able to absorb the impact of cannon balls. We use Palmetto Bourbon in this drink to further celebrate this historic tree.
The Hammer. Mickey Spillane was a local resident in Murrells Inlet until his death in 2006. He was a writer of crime novels many featuring his signature detective character “Mike Hammer” a tuff private investigator who carries a .45 Colt -1911 in a shoulder harness. His love for his secretary outweighed only by his willingness to kill a villain. He was also known to occasionally enjoy a beer. For this we chose to use a local IPA for our base, the color red represents the violence, and the bitter-sweet taste will make you thirsty for more just like the stories.