Charleston, South Carolina, hasn’t just gone through a food renaissance; its cocktails are coming on strong, too. Irish-born Jim McCourt is doing some of the best work as a bar manager at Prohibition—a hip King Street spot—like his Manhattan made with a splash of Grand Marnier. Here, we got some more background on his inspirations and favorite drinks.
When did you know you wanted to work behind the bar?
I don't really remember the exact time I knew I wanted to work behind the bar, but my mother was a bartender for 30 years and as a kid I was always around. I would be there after school doing my homework and on weekends I would be playing. My mother has a picture of me around 1 year old in her arms pulling a pint of Guinness. So I guess I was always destined to work behind the stick.