Fans of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” will appreciate the name of a new fall cocktail at The Gin Joint on East Bay Street. Called “The Walrus and The Carpenter,” this cocktail is a whimsical concoction that combines a wine sour with chai tea, an extra nod to the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
Cocktail creator James Bolt, also the owner of The Gin Joint, wanted a fun drink for the restaurant’s fall menu.
“It’s a nice burgundy, deep red color with a rosemary sprig,” he says. “It’s a little dry and tart, but very fall forward.”
As for the name, sometimes a fun name just sticks, he says. “The Walrus and The Carpenter” is a poem found in Lewis Carroll’s 1872 book “Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.”
While it gets its name from a children’s book, the cocktail is decidedly adult-friendly with ingredients like wines Pineau Des Charentes and Barolo Chinato Cocchi, barrel-aged gin, and the wine-based aperitif Byrrh Grand Quinquina.
In addition to being on the menu at The Gin Joint, The Walrus and The Carpenter is the featured cocktail at Bottles Beverage Superstore for the month of October, so you can pick up the ingredients to easily replicate it at home. “I think we’re all about ready for some cooler weather, and this cocktail is the perfect transitional drink — great fall-inspired flavor, yet still refreshing enough to enjoy now,” says Travis Hartong of Bottles. “We love partnering with our local friends in the food and beverage community because it gives us a chance to highlight the creativity that makes Charleston's beverage scene so unique.”
If fact, Bolt says the cocktail is so simple to make that it’s perfect for upcoming holiday parties. “It’s a very easy cocktail to batch out,” he says, “so you can make it in advance and have it out for your guests.”
Try The Walrus and The Carpenter at The Gin Joint through Thanksgiving and then pick up all the ingredients and a recipe card at Bottles Beverage Superstore, 610 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The Walrus & The Carpenter:
Combine ingredients in a shaker with lots of ice and shake hard.
Double strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.
*For the Pineau des Charentes, soak 4 chai tea bags into the liqueur for 2 hours, then discard tea bags.
1 oz. Byrrh Quinquina
1 oz. chai tea infused Pineau des Charentes*
3/4 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. Barolo Chinato
1 oz. 209 Sauvignon Blanc Gin
6 dashes Bitter Truth celery bitters