Meet Girl Scout cookie drinks
For most Girl Scout councils, cookie season ended last month. But fans of Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties and, as of 2017, Girl Scout S’Mores, can continue to get their flavor fix at area restaurants and bars, which seem to take great pleasure in blending the tastes of childhood with adult beverages.
Learn the backstory
The first Girl Scout Cookie drive was a traditional bake sale, organized in 1917 by a troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The fundraiser was so successful that the Scouts’ national magazine soon thereafter printed a sugar cookie recipe and advice for making money with homemade cookies. By the late 1930s, Scouts couldn’t keep up with demand, so they started outsourcing production to commercial bakeries.
Sales of Girl Scout cookies have slumped over the past decade, but the organization still sells about 200 million boxes a year.
And the six- to eight-week selling season remains a special occasion for many sweets devotees, celebrated with a range of tie-in events. Six years ago, influential San Francisco cocktail bar The Alembic inaugurated a “Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Week,” featuring cookie-inspired drinks. Bartenders from New York City to Austin picked up the practice, despite the Girl Scouts in 2011 trademarking the term “Thin Mint.”
Closer to home, Welkin Coffee this year served salted caramel affogatos with Samoas while hosting a Girl Scout cookie sale, and Tradesman Brewing Co. paired eight Girl Scout cookies with eight different beers at an event benefitting the Scouts. But during the rest of the year, when fresh cookies aren’t available, Charlestonians have their pick of spirited homages, including the Thin Mint-style milkshakes at Sesame and Big Billy’s Burger Joint.
And order it here
Le Farfalle, 15 Beaufain St., 843-212-0920, lefarfallecharleston.com (Thin Mint Julep, $12)
— Hanna Raskin