Meet Brooks and Jason (left to right) – the two main men behind the bar at Circa 1886. Brooks and Jason are known for mixing up delicious handcrafted cocktails (and for the occasional modeling gig, as referenced above.)
Inspired by the season, the guys change up their specialty cocktail offering every few months. Before Circa 1886 enters into full springtime mode, we recommend you pull up a chair on the patio and sip these drinks before they are replaced with more summery beverages.
We’ll start with what Eater Charleston recently named one of Charleston’s hottest cocktails — Snap Jack Cider. Voted most popular by our guests, this drink is crisp, refreshing and potent with “Snap” Ginger Spirit, Apple Cider, Grated Cinnamon and Ginger Root.
Next: Tanqueray Gin, Honey, Lemon Juice — it’s the Bee’s Knees, and it’s sweet and simple. Honey is one of the oldest sweeteners, and so rarely used in cocktails- especially cold ones. Brooks offered a tip for making honey-sweetened cocktails at home. Get your ingredients together and shake the cocktail without ice. Add in the ice afterwards – otherwise, the honey will congeal to the ice cubes.
Worthy of being served under a cabana thousands of miles away from Charleston, the Pink Panther was inspired by Jason’s recent trip to the island of St. John. This cocktail comprises Jose Cuervo Tequila, Agave Nectar, Muddled Orange, Pink Grapefruit Juice and a Salted Rim.
Another Jason creation, the Roman Holiday is similar to a Negroni. It’s a little bitter, but very refreshing, made with the Italian liqueur Tuaca, Aperol, Muddled Orange and a Splash of Soda.
A kickback to pre-Prohibition drinkin’, our Root Old Fashioned features alcoholic “root tea” from the Philadelphia-based distillery, Art in the Age. Mixed with this “Root” root beer liqueur is Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters and Lemon Twist. If you have 1 minute and 45 seconds, watch this video about the history of “Root” — it’s worth your while.
With sunny skies and warm temperature on the horizon, visit Circa 1886 for an afternoon drink or pre-dinner specialty cocktail. If you prefer something a bit more simple, you’ll enjoy our “5 for 5 at 5:00” happy hour special. Pay Brooks and Jason a visit from 5-7:00, Monday-Saturday and enjoy $5 glasses of select wines, martinis and cocktails.
Here’s the latest and greatest information about what’s happening at Circa 1886. [specialty cocktails not included in the ‘5 for 5 at 5’]