What is a Honey Basil Margarita?

Basico's cocktail is made with Agavales Blanco Tequila and Honey Basil Soda from Charleston's own Cannonborough Beverage Company. The soda includes local honey, fresh basil and fresh lime juice.

What's the story?

Basico taqueria, Mixson Market and Mixson Bath & Racquet Club near North Charleston's Park Circle area strive to use as many fresh, local ingredients as possible, frequently partnering with local vendors and purveyors. Cannonborough Beverage Company's fresh sodas are made with fresh produce and natural sweeteners, making their products a perfect addition to Basico's beverage program. Hand-pressed juices, fresh-picked herbs along with no preservatives assure premium flavor profiles.

Who's buying it?

It's been reported that Americans consume an average of 185,000 margaritas per hour on the Cinco de Mayo holiday. But guests at Basico also can sip this seasonal margarita on the Basico patio as part of their spring-summer cocktail menu.

Who's selling it?

The Honey Basil Margarita is available at Basico (www.basicombrc.com), 4399 McCarthy St., North Charleston for $8. Cannonborough Beverage Company sodas can be purchased across the street at Mixson Market (www.mixsonmarket.com) and at select farmers markets.

Quotable

"We love seeing Basico's creative use of our soda in their new Honey Basil Margarita. It's the most refreshing margarita with a hint of honey and bubbly nose of basil, perfect for al fresco cocktailing." - Brandon Wogamon, soda jerk from Cannonborough Beverage Company