Ghost Coast Distillery, the city’s first operating distiller since prohibition, is celebrating this year’s national rum day by giving back.
On Aug. 16, the Indian Street distillery will be hosting a Reggae Rum Day event with a portion of the proceeds from each drink purchased going to the Save Randy Davis fund.
Randy Davis, the owner of Davis Produce located on Savannah’s neighboring Talahi Island was recently diagnosed with acute renal failure and is undergoing dialysis while waiting to find a potential kidney donor.
Shortly after his diagnosis the Save Randy Davis Fund was created in March of this year to provide “financial, emotional, and prayerful support to Randy Davis and the Davis family.”
Davis Produce has been a landmark for many tourists and local beachgoers alike for over two decades. Brandished as “the home of the killer tomato” the open-air market is continually swarmed with customers seeking the freshest fruit and vegetables they can find.
“A lot of us are locals here at Ghost Coast,” said Ghost Coast’s Marketing Manager Kelcie Beausir. “So when we heard about the Save Randy Davis organization it hit really close to home and we wanted to help out any way we could.”
For the Reggae Rum Day, Ghost Coast will be turning their usual home into a temporary tropical paradise, fueled by the swaying sounds of Columbia, South Carolina’s Mystic Vibrations. The group founded in Little London, Westmoreland, Jamaica has been playing stateside since 1992, regularly touring the eastern US from Florida to New York. Their website describes the music’s themes as speaking of “…love, unity, and peace amongst all mankind; and not forgetting the trials and tribulations of oppressed peoples.”
Ghost Coast will simultaneously be celebrating its recent Gold Medal Award from the International Review of Spirits (also known as the Beverage Tasting Institute) for its Tiki Spiced Rum which received a grand total of 93 out of 100 points.
The spiced rum is made with Madagascar vanilla bean and molasses sourced less than ten miles from the distillery, and according to the full review contains “spicy aromas of cardamom, nutmeg, and vanilla with a caramel finish.”
For the event, Ghost Coast will by slinging some signature drinks, each of which will feature fresh fruit garnishes from Davis Produce Stand itself.
The Exodus is a tropical experience only offered in house. “The house-made shrub is what sets this drink apart,” said Beausir. “Customers always ask how they can make this drink at home, but making the shrub (an aged concoction of fruits, aromatics, sugar, and vinegar) is a week-long process done by our team of mixologists and bartenders.”
The drink features Ghost Coast Tiki Spiced Rum, a strawberry banana shrub, as well as pineapple juice, and is garnished with fresh Davis Produce pineapple. For those looking for something a little on the lighter side Ghost Coast will also be offering two other signature cocktails for the event.
The Mule Kick is a twist on the traditional Moscow Mule featuring Ghost Coast Tiki Spiced Rum in place of the usual vodka, combined with ginger syrup, club soda, lime juice, and is finally finished with Davis Produce limes.
The Blackberry Dream is built around Ghost Coast’s Gold Rum, a light amber colored rum lower in sugar than the Tiki Spiced Rum. The drink begins with muddled Davis Produce blackberries as the base before rum, curacao, agave nectar, and lime juice are added, before the drink is graced with a beautiful garnish of fresh Davis Produce peaches.