24 HOURS IN CHARLESTON ON THE LIBERATE YOUR PALATE CRAFT COCKTAIL TOUR

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24 HOURS IN CHARLESTON ON THE LIBERATE YOUR PALATE CRAFT COCKTAIL TOUR

Two weeks ago I headed to Charleston with Charlotte based photographer and food blogger Jonathan Cooper of Nom Knowledge to kick-off the debut of the Liberate Your Palate Craft Cocktail Tour in Charleston with a fun mini-tour that was organized by "the never boring" (inside joke) Charlotte Park of the Lou Hammond Group.  The tour included visits to S.N.O.B5Church and High Cotton with a group of the Holy City's most influential food and cocktail bloggers collectively referred to as the #TastemakersCHS.

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THE 5 BEST PLACES IN CHARLOTTE TO ENJOY A MARGARITA FOR NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

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THE 5 BEST PLACES IN CHARLOTTE TO ENJOY A MARGARITA FOR NATIONAL MARGARITA DAY

Ahh the Margarita.... The refreshing Tequila and citrus based cocktail adored by so many a day has been created to celebrate it's universal greatness.

It's origins are muddy but it is believed to have been created sometime during the late 1930's to early 1940's somewhere in between Tijuana and Ensenada Mexico and popularized in San Diego and/or Houston soon after and it may or may not be named after a woman name Margarita.  

In honor of National Margarita Day here's we've compiled a list of where you can enjoy the best margaritas in Charlotte. Our list is based on use of fresh ingredients such as juices,  originality and recommendations from our foodie blogger friends.

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR VERY OWN AT-HOME BAR

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SETTING UP YOUR VERY OWN AT-HOME BAR

Starting a home bar can seem like an overwhelming task but it doesn't have to be a headache.  If you enjoy entertaining, a properly stocked bar is a must.  A well-mixed drink can help romance a date, impress friends and schmooze a boss or potential client.  Becoming a home mixologist should be fun!  Invest in basic equipment, stock up on essential liquors, and you can have a spread that will impress amateurs and professionals.  Following are a couple of essential rules that will show you how stocking a home bar can be affordable and easy.

STEP 1:

The Liquors

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STOP!!! YOU'RE DRINKING YOUR CHAMPAGNE ALL WRONG

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STOP!!! YOU'RE DRINKING YOUR CHAMPAGNE ALL WRONG

Did you know that it's perfectly acceptable to drink Champagne out of a wine glass instead of a champagne flute? In fact this is actually the preferred way and is an old trend that has been getting a lot of attention again lately. 

Champagne flutes were actually designed to trap the bubbles so that they flowed vertically for aesthetic purposes. The only problem? They also trap the scent of the sparkling wine, making it impossible to get a whiff with each sip (a major part of the experience.) Drinking higher-end brands will taste better in a coupe or simple wine glass because it emphasizes the aroma and fizz in better and more complex champagnes. 

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VINTAGE BAR CARTS: A TIMELESS TREND

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VINTAGE BAR CARTS: A TIMELESS TREND

Nothing beats a fabulous bar cart when it comes to adding a touch of glamor and sophistication to your home. They are  functional, pretty, super chic & have limitless styling appeal. 

Whether you're the "hostess with the mostess" or more of a casual entertainer, a perfectly styled bar cart creates a cheery focal point and inviting space for your guests.  With just a few essentials and intentionally place vintage decor you can create a bar cart that's bound to wow guests.

Here are a couple of bar cart ideas that we love:

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