[image-2]Deciding which Spoleto shows to see can be tricky: do you spend opening night Waiting for Godot or watching Honji Wang and Sebastian Ramirez mixing ballet, martial arts, and hip-hop on stage in Monchichi? Do you commit to Eugene Onegin and go all in on an opera about the “tragedy of first love,” or do you decide you’ll swing more avant-garde and catch Angel, the one-woman monologue about a heroine’s experience in a 2014 siege in Northern Syria? Deciding which art form you want to immerse yourself in (at the right price) for 17 days can be a challenge, albeit a nice one. Finding the right drink to pair with your cultural experience shouldn’t be.
Spoleto has paired up with 14 area bars and restaurants to kindly organize a lineup of specialty drinks to sip starting today, May 22 through the end of the festival, June 11. Director of Marketing and Public Relations Jessie Bagley says that, “The mixologists created such creative items influenced by the wide range of opera, dance, theater, music programming, and we are thrilled to encourage Festival-goers to experience some of Charleston’s vibrant restaurant scene.”
Below, find the Cliff notes version of the “cocktail campaign” — more boozy deets available from Spoleto.
The Darling Oyster Bar serves a “Spoleto Swizzle” a tropical rum drink inspired by the entire festival.
If you’re a Garry Hynes fan, head to The Drawing Room for the simply named “Godot,” a cocktail made with “Estragon” infused Myers Plantinum, Carpano Antica Formula, and house made Charleston loquat liquor.
The Thoroughbred Club’s “Spoleto Sipping Soda” includes Deep Eddy vodka and strawberry puree.
The Macintosh’s “Spoleto Spritz” is made with Compari, Cocchi Americano, pineapple sage, and soda.