The beverage director at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina puts his own spin on the classic cocktail
2018 Cocktail Competition finalist Morgan Hurley has been a part of Mex 1 Coastal Cantina since the beginning. Getting his start at the Tides hotel on Folly Beach, Morgan made the switch to Mex 1 after his father, an original investor in the restaurant, asked him to join the team as the beverage director.
Since his first night, Morgan has become a fixture behind the bar at Mex 1, creating exciting cocktails and training a new generation of mixologists.
His competition entry “A Noble Hospitality” focuses on the soul of the tequila. Blended together with Aperol and pineapple juice, the tangy cocktail is served with a mezcal spritz and orange garnish.
Morgan is proud that he and fellow competitor and coworker Shannon Standhart are representing Mex 1 in the competition. “Yes I’d like to win,” Hurley said. “But I just want to see Mex 1 bring home the title.”
You can see Morgan and the other finalists of the 2018 Cocktail Competition battle it out at Souls + Saints: Día de los Muertos on November 1st. Tickets can be bought here.
The Midnight hour shines a little brighter with Dan Williams Midnight Sun Cocktail. Bursting with local ingredients, 2018 Cocktail Competition finalist takes his favorite tequila drink and spices it up with Southern Twist Ginger & Jalapeno Syrup.
After spending time at Stars and then Cypress, Dan is now the bar Manager at The Darling Oyster Bar. Heating up the competition with his Midnight Sun cocktail containing a mix of lime, local Southern Twist Ginger & Jalapeno Syrup, and Chile liqueur this spicy drink will keep you going long past sunset.
We had a chance to sit down with him and ask where his inspiration for this sizzling masterpiece comes from. Keeping with Charleston's tradition of using local ingredients is what inspired his twist on a classic tequila cocktail. Dan says staying “true to food and true to drinks” is something he has learned throughout his time behind the bars of Charleston.
A regular attendee to the Culinary Village, Dan is excited to participate this year in a Charleston Wine + Food event. Although the crowds are larger than the average bar allows, Dan is confident he can shake things up.
Catch Dan Williams and our three other contestants at the Charleston Wine + Food's Souls + Saints: Día de los Muertos event on November 1st. Buy your tickets and be sure to vote for Dan as your crowd favorite!
Pouring up a cocktail that eases us into the weekend, Patricia Smith of 5 Church mixes things up with her Tea is for Tequila Mexican/Asian fusion cocktail.
Digging deep and pulling influence from her memories of growing up in San Diego and taking the trolley to Tijuana, Patricia uses those influences mixed with the Asian influences from her city to bring her drink together.
Two types of tequila mingle with Hibiscus Tri Pepper Tea, with a splash of lemon juice and topped with Lemon Mint Sea Salt Boba this drink will transport you around the world and back.
When asked what she loves about bartending she instantly answered with “Talking to people...You never know who you’re going to meet and everyone's an interesting character. If you dig down deep, everyone has interesting stories.”
Patricia takes the calm of tea and mixes it with a confidence boost of tequila to give you a drinkable cocktail to sip and enjoy while you mingle with others. Stories are sure to be shared between sips at Charleston Wine + Food's Souls + Saints: Día de los Muertos on November 1.
Get your tickets and watch our four finalists prepare their signature drinks and vote for your crowd favorite!
The bubbly bar manager at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina serves up an un-bee-lievable cocktail
2018 Cocktail competition finalist Shannon Standhart has made a big splash at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. After receiving a bartending course from her grandmother for Christmas, she fell in love with the exciting, fast-paced environment behind the bar.
Trading in the Maine coast for South Carolina’s shores, Shannon is now a bar manager at Mex 1 where she dazzles customers with her infectious smile and tasty cocktails.
Her cocktail entry “MisBEEhavin’” is a simple yet fun mix of lemon juice, agave nectar and honey liqueur. Served in a chilled glass rimmed with lemon zest and sugar, the sweet cocktail is sure to leave you buzzing with excitement.
Although she is competing against her fellow Mex 1 mixologist Morgan Hurley, Shannon is ready to take home the title. “I would love to beat him,” she said. “He would never be able to live it down.”
You can see Shannon and the other finalists of the 2018 Cocktail Competition battle it out at Charleston Wine + Food’s Souls + Saints event on November 1st. Tickets can be bought at www.charlestonwineandfood.com.