Welcome to Charleston, South Carolina, home of a rich seafaring history and The Ordinary fancy oyster hall. That’s the greeting James Beard Award-winning chef-owner Mike Lata will offer in his welcome cocktail at Harry’s Pizzeria on Tuesday, April 8. His city in a glass. In 1997, to celebrate the shared heritage and cultural ties of Bermuda and Charleston, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (est.1884) first sponsored a 777-nautical mile race between the ports every two years. The official drink of the club and race – and pretty much America’s southern starboard – is its namesake.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club combines Mount Gay rum, falernum, Cointreau, and lime juice and dates back to the 1940s, as it should given all the sugarcane spirit flowing through its port. Toast to life on the water with a taste of history in the recipe below and get ready for Mike’s menu, shuck-full of deep cup oysters from our friends at Island Creek. Purchase tickets here which include the menu, drinks, tax, tip, and The Ordinary’s Duxbury oyster knife to-go gift.
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
1 3/4 oz Mount Gay Rum
3/4 oz lime juice
1/3 oz velvet falernum
1/3 oz Clement Creole Shrub
Combine all ingredients and shake, double strain into a coupe.
Avocado toast, Bulls Bay Sea Salt, Chili
Wood Oven Roasted Island Creek Oysters, Wild Fennel, Florida Bottarga
Smoked Coosaw Cup Oysters, Saltines, Hot Sauce
Pizza of Capers Clams, Green Garlic, Mustard Greens, Fresh Mozzarella
Pickled White Shrimp
Marinated Razor Clams, Green Apple, Jalapeño, Cilantro
Fritto Misto, Green Garlic Aioli
Crunchy Spring Vegetable Salad
Salt-Baked Dayboat Fish, Artichoke, Lemon-Butter Vinaigrette, Greens
Carolina (Gold Rice) Ice Cream
Sticky Sorghum Cake with Calvados Ice Cream
Sparkling – Patrick Piuze, Val de Mer Cremant
White – Nigl, Gruner Veltliner, Freiheit
Red – Occhipinti SP68
Red – La Torre Rosso di Toscana “Ampelio”