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November Porchin’: The heART of the Lowcountry

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(Published by Local Life Magazine)

 

We offer this tranquil scene of local artist Larry Hughes painting on the porch at SoBA Gallery in Bluffton.

Photography by Mark Staff

Here in the Lowcountry, the front porch is not a place, it’s a state of mind. To close this creative issue, we offer this tranquil scene of local artist Larry Hughes painting on the porch at SoBA Gallery in Bluffton. Nestled on the corner of Calhoun and Church streets, this magnificent porch is located near the heart of Old Town’s “Culture District,” where art lovers enjoy 120 cultural attractions and roughly three dozen annual festivals and events. We asked well-known caterer Geist Ussery to share a porch-worthy drink recipe. He exceeded our expectations with this epic concoction. It’s a spirit guaranteed to lift your spirits!

LOWCOUNTRY MARY

Ingredients
1/4 cup (2 ounces) of Zing Zang
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) Tito’s vodka
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated horseradish
3 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 pinch salt
1 dash freshly ground black pepper
About 1 cup ice
1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 stalk celery
1 lemon wedge (optional)
Local poached shrimp
Olives, pickled okra, pickles
Mason Jars

Preparation
In an 11-ounce highball glass, stir together tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Fill glass with ice, then pour mixture into second glass. Pour back and forth 3 to 4 times to mix well, then sprinkle lemon juice over. Put Old Bay and lemon juice on the glass rim. Garnish with celery stalk, shrimp, olives, okra, pickles and lemon wedge (if using). Serve.