Now about that cocktail. Patrick Emerson, wine and beverage director for Charleston Cooks! and its affiliate area restaurants, has created a potent porch-sipping drink steeped in history. “We combine vodka, iced tea, lemonade, and Madeira, the sweet wine so popular in the 19th century, with mint-infused simple syrup. It’s a modern nod to the mint julep.” It’s a good thing the best was saved for last.
Shake vodka, Madeira, iced tea, lemonade, and Mint Simple Syrup in cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Pour over crushed ice in tall glass. Garnish with mint sprig and grapes. Makes 1 cocktail.