Sep 09, 2015

Making the Rounds: Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

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headerNo trip to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina would be complete without staying at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel.

Elegant service in an inviting, genteel environment lent itself quite perfectly to several days of walking tours and shopping on King Street, followed by decadent meals and precious moments of relaxation during our recent visit in July.


The Thoroughbred Club, located just off the grand lobby area at Charleston Place, simply beckons one over with its warm and rich aesthetic complete with comfy, masculine leather sofas and chairs. Live music features a pianist tickling the ivories with everyone’s favorite classic ballads from a bygone era – think the Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra.

White wine is always my drink of choice and the Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay was calling my name. My best drinking partner, Don, always enjoys studying cocktail menus and he decided on the Mouzon’s Mash. Bartender and Mixologist Mouzon Taylor, Jr. was inspired to create this signature cocktail in tribute to his grandfather, who used to add peaches to moonshine – making it very special indeed.

Cheers to the fall season!


Mouzon’s Mash

In a shaker glass muddle:
3     peach slices
5     mint leaves
1     lemon quarter
Splash of simple syrup

Add 2 ounces Gentlemen Jack Tennessee Whiskey (this is very important, as Gentlemen Jack is charcoal filtered and adds that smoky element to the drink). Add ice to shaker and strain over a fresh ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 2 ounces club soda.