Stone Crab Claws, Carolina Marsh Tackies, Boiled Peanuts
After a day at the beach today, and before dinner, we J-Ms had a little Sea Islands Cocktail Hour. We picked up some stone crab claws at a roadside stand on the way home from the beach (these are Owen’s favorite! dipped in melted butter! Heather too, but dipped in cocktail sauce). At the same stand we also bought boiled peanuts (a favorite of Kyle and Meera, who definitely take after Braydon — all three boiled peanut lovers). The bambinos had their favorite cocktails: ginger ale (K & O), and chocolate milk (M). And Braydon made our new favorite cocktail: The Carolina Marsh Tacky. This was a serious Lowcountry/Sea Islands Cocktail Hour!
We discovered this drink on this trip, and it has really grown on us. There is something really perfect about it on a hot summer’s eve, after having been in the sun, sand, salt, and water all day. If you’re up for trying a really unusual new summer cocktail, try this out!
Carolina Marsh Tacky
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
4 ounces cold ginger beer
Fill a cocktail glass with ice. Add bourbon and lime juice; top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh lime. Serves 1. To make a pitcher: 1 1/2 parts bourbon, 1/2 part fresh lime juice, and 4 parts ginger beer.
P.S. The drink is named after the Carolina Marsh Tacky — a rare breed of horse native to South Carolina (click).