What is it?
Scarborough Fair is a light, refreshing vodka cocktail with sweet and savory botanical notes. Ingredients include: EG Rosemary Lavender Vodka, cherry brandy, Chamomile and Citrus Bitters, Jack Rudy Tonic and lemon. The drink is served over ice and garnished with a lemon wheel and lavender blossom.
What's the story?
Republic Garden & Lounge set out to be a destination where music and fashion meet dining, drinking and socializing. The cocktail program focuses on premium spirits and unique botanically based ingredients to present balanced, refreshing cocktails that can be both part of their bar fare menu or enjoyed on their own merits.
Scarborough Fair shares a name with the Simon & Garfunkel song with the lyrics: "Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Remember me, the one who lives there, she once was a true love of mine." The drink was created by Wayne Sullivan, who was inspired by the savory herbal notes of the various ingredients in relation to the song and its lyrics.
Who's buying it?
The drink has been a happy hour success story not only because of price, but because the botanical elements of lavender and chamomile are known for their soothing, relaxing qualities. It appeals to the curious drinker who wants to try a drink that is savory, clean and slightly sweet, but also makes the presence of alcohol known.
Who's selling it?
Craft cocktails can be found in most Lowcountry bars as bartenders and mixologists embrace the craft-to-glass bar trend, the use of seasonal and local fruits and vegetables as well as house-made infusions, bitters and fruit macerations.
What's the price?
The drink is listed on the menu at $10 and is discounted to $6 Monday-Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
"I like the Scarborough Fair because it blends together unexpected flavors with such a refreshing result. It's nice to be able to get a well-thought-out cocktail in one of the most vibrant bars in downtown Charleston." - Emilie Uttenreither, Charleston