Charleston Wine + Food Festival signature cocktail

A Noble Hospitality by Morgan Hurley of Mex 1 took the title for this year's Charleston Wine + Food Festival signature cocktail. Provided

Each year, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival hosts a cocktail competition and invites local bartenders to battle it out for the opportunity to have the signature drink of the festival. 

Morgan Hurley, the beverage director of Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, won the challenge with "A Noble Hospitality," a tequila-based drink that will be served at the Opening Night party and the North Charleston Night Bazaar. 

Hurley shared the recipe for his winning cocktail.

A Noble Hospitality


Vida Mezcal rinse

1 ounce Don Julio Reposado

1 ounce Aperol

.5 ounce Punt E Mes

1 ounce pineapple juice

Dehydrated orange (for garnish)


Take a chilled coupe glass and spritz with mezcal. Add above ingredients in a shaker and shake vigorously and double strain. Garnish with dehydrated orange.

— Stephanie Barna

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