Who needs a recipe for gin and tonic? Charleston’s cocktail scene, as it turned out. This now-famous Proof cocktail so impressed William Grant ambassador Charlotte Voisey that she started talking up the bar (and the city’s drinking culture generally) to international audiences.

“It is the drink that kind of put us on the map, if you will,” Proof owner Craig Nelson says. “It's a great combination of sweet and tart, refreshing and appropriate for most months of the year here in Charleston.”

According to Nelson, it’s the reliance on lemon instead of lime that makes this drink so special.

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