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Raise a toast to the New Year by entering for a chance to win HGTV Dream Home 2013, a gorgeous, low-country Zen farmhouse with a modern twist in Kiawah, S.C. The nature-lover’s escape is just minutes away from historic Charleston.

Watch the special tonight at 7 p.m. EST with host Monica Pedersen and try making the HGTV Dream Home 2013 signature cocktail, The New South.

HGTV Dream Home 2013 Signature Cocktail

Photography by Jeremy Higgs, Charleston S.C.

It’s a sophisticated southern drink made with North Carolina-based Troy & Son’s Oak Reserve Whiskey, created by Charleston mixologist John Aquino who shared this how-to video:

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The New South

Stir 2 oz Troy and Son’s Oak Reserve Whiskey with 1 1/2 tsp Jo Snow *Cherry & Thyme Syrup. Serve on the rocks, top with a couple splashes of soda water and garnish with an orange wedge and brandied cherries.

*To make your own Cherry & Thyme Syrup: Combine 12 oz. Black Cherry Extract (find it at your local grocery or health food store) and a handful of thyme in 6 oz. of water. Heat to steep for about an hour, then strain and chill.

John recommends infusing the bottle of Troy and Son’s Reserve with one medium orange peel (no pith); after 2 days, remove peel and keep in cool area.

20 Responses

  1. shop_suzi says:

    Every person who helped in creating this genuine family home would join us with this cocktail on the porch ** when we win ** (putting it out to the universe!). All neighbors are invited too. This would be an incredible gift and a way to bring my whole family forward. Best wishes for a wonderful new year to all of us HGTV-ites! :)

  2. Sherhugs says:

    Oh that drink looks great!! I get on the computer every morning and dream. I looking at all the rooms in that beautiful house and dream, it's great! My husband and I have two grown boys they are married and they have 2 children each. It would be such a wonderful beautiful dream come true to win this home and fill it with visits from our family of 10!! S.C is our dream place to retire! We have told everyone for years that we will retire in S.C and yet we have never been there!! For now, I will continue my dreaming!!

  3. janet says:

    Just looking at that drink sell it self it make you say yes yes what a dream home.

  4. Cathy says:

    I need to win this house so badly. My life is almost over and I dreamed of living here for many years. Would love to spend these last years there with my grandchildren.

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