In September 2021, amidst pandemic chaos, Last Saint came to life in Charleston, South Carolina by way of Joey Goetz, a widely known local bartender, formerly of Belmont and Bar George, and Brandon Bramhall and Zachary Pease, both with Attaboy backgrounds in New York City. The menu sits somewhere between classic cocktails and dive bar drinks, with familiarity and comfort being the common thread. Tequila, fresh lime, salt, fluffy whipped grapefruit juice and a giant grapefruit wedge as garnish make up the bar’s best-selling cocktail, the Old Salt. Conceptualized by Pease, it’s acidic, bright and salty, as if a Salty Dog and Paloma had a baby. Juiced to order, the aerated grapefruit is the star of the drink, making it an ideal choice for brunch or late-night, because texturally speaking, it’s just right, no matter the time of day. —Jenn Rice
NB: To get that signature frothiness without a Breville juicer at the ready, hand-press the grapefruits and agitate the juice with a handheld frother or a blender.