CATDADDY CAROLINA MOONSHINE

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The first time i was introduced to these interesting products was in New Orleans at the Tales of Cocktail  and if there´s one thing i find interesting its genuine artisanal and handcrafted stuff. Now five months later i get the chance to play with them myself and its going to be really interesting to see what good uses i can find with these unique products.

Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, Midnight Moon and Midnight Moon Lightning Lemonade are three now legal moonshine products made by Piedmont Distillers which is a small and only legal distiller in North Carolina. The flavor of Catdaddy is a mix of several different flavors and tastes sweet, spicy and homely. They say folks who tries it often recognizes something familiar in the flavor but the flavor is a mystery and nobody knows what`s in it. To me the flavor i feel is familiar to me is a touch of what you can find in Root and rootbeer. Catdaddy Moonshine is very smooth and easy to sip but i have also found another potential with it – apart from being mixable in cocktails it also has great potential in tikidrinks due to its spiciness.

Piedmont Distillery has taken the traditions of American moonshine to create spirits of superior quality. Simply – this is 80 proof flavored moonshine and like a lot of homemade moonshine this is  ifused with fruit – but not only – there´s other flavors added as well thus making this one unique. They also claim that Catdaddy contains ingredients that aren`t used in any other products.

Catdaddy, Midnight Moon and Lightning Lemonade are all made from American corn – triple-distilled, handcrafted in small batches and made in a copper column still. I find that the Catdaddy bottle is particularly interesting with the tall shape and the engraved triple X ( meaning its triple distilled) and dark brown color. It looks different and really cool.

This is a one-of-a kind – product with a very distict flavour made with – of course – a secret recipe and it was introduced year 2005. Legend has it that only the best moonshine earned the right to be called Catdaddy. There`s a lot of exciting ways to use this and not only for drinking. One is to use it in marinades or creme brulee..I haven`t yet tried it in cooking but that`s definetily something i`m going to do. Maybe it would be great in its own version of a Cajun Cane Syrup Cake? it would probably go well with dark chocolate too.

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The Midnight Moon  is made from Junior Johnson`s generation-old family moonshine recipe and every batch is born in an authentic copper still and is hand-crafted in very small batches. The Lighning Lemonade is based on the Midnight Moon and is infused with all natural ingredients to give it the taste of homemade lemonade and it really does have a pronounced lemon flavor which  is like lemonade.. Here simplicity is the best – enjoyed over ice with a splash of tonic or club soda. I made my own version and added Ting (Jamaican grapefruit beverage).

But before i tried the Lighning Lemonade with Ting i made a 1934 Zombie Punch which is my favorite Zombie – adding 1 oz of the Catdaddy but keeping the ratio of booze at 4 oz still by reducing the Jamaican and golden rums with 0.5 oz each.

CATDADDY MOONSHINE ZOMBIE PUNCH

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¾ oz fresh lime juice
½ oz Donn`s mix ( 2 parts grapefruit juice to 1 part cinnamon syrup)
½ oz Falernum
1.0 oz dark Jamaican rum
1.0 oz gold Puerto Rican rum
1 oz 151 demerara rum
1 oz Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine
Dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Herbasint or Pernod
1 tsp Grenadine
6 oz crushed ice

Put everything into a blender, saving ice for last and blend at high speed for 5 sek. Pour into a chimney glass. Garnish 2 pineapple leaves and a lime slice. Well, this one was strong, but then again, it’s a zombie. The flavor of the Catdaddy is there in the background mingling with the rums adding to the spiciness. Somehow i find the Zombie to be a quite homely drink but the old advice of limit two is there for a reason.

The next one doesn´t taste strong at all – in fact it tastes like lemonade spiked with Ting. Very nice on a hot day i can imagine..its in the middle of winter now but this tastes nice still. I think i`ll have to remake this when the summer is back again though because really its a summer drink.

LIGHTNING & TING

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2 oz Carolina Moonshine Lightning Lemonade

Fill up with ice cubes and add lightning lemonade. Garnish with a slice of lemon. If you don`t want lemon flavor, you can use the Carolina Moonshine instead and garnish with a grapefruit peel. Then you get a refreshing and nice Moonshine Grapefruit Tonic.

Overall i think these are really interesting and good quality products and i`m especially fond of the Catdaddy with its spiciness. I will most likely also be back later with a post for my little food section with a Catdaddy cane syrup cake..

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I think the boozefairy is better than santa claus..

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REPEAL DAY

On saturday is the upcoming Repeal Day, dec 5th – the celebration of the end of the Prohibition that lasted from 1920 to 1933. Its now 76 years ago that the the prohibition in the US was put to an end. Repeal Day isn`t celebrated here in Sweden but i think it should be.  Anyway, someone told me that we weren´t celebrating Halloween in this country a few years ago and now we do.

Here is what Jeffrey Morgenthaler wrote :

IT’S THE PERFECT TIME OF YEAR.
Conveniently located halfway between Thanksgiving and Christmas — at a time when most Americans are probably not spending time with family — Repeal Day presents a wonderful occasion to get together with friends and pay tribute to our constitutional rights.

WE HAVE THE CONSTITUTIONAL ABILITY TO DO SO. Unlike St. Patrick’s Day or Cinco de Mayo, Repeal Day is a day that all Americans have a part in observing, because it’s written in our Constitution. No other holiday celebrates the laws that guarantee our rights, and Repeal Day has everything to do with our personal pleasures.

IT’S EASY!
There are no outfits to buy, costumes to rent, rivers to dye green. Simply celebrate the day by stopping by your local bar, tavern, saloon, winery, distillery, or brewhouse and having a drink. Pick up a six-pack on your way home from work. Split a bottle of wine with a loved one. Buy a shot for a stranger. Just do it because you can.

And it really is easy even if you don`t live in the US – just mix up a cocktail, grab a beer or go out somewhere and toast to repeal day wherever you are in the world.

I have made a cocktail for Repeal Day that is spicy, boozy and good!

END OF PROHIBITION

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2 oz Old New Orleans Cajun Spiced Rum
1 oz Carolina Catdaddy Moonshine
1/4 oz Cointreau
Juice of 1/2 small lemon
Rim a chilled cocktail glass with sugar. Shake and strain into the glass and drop a lemon peel for garnish.

The base spirits are unfortunatley not possible to find outside the US but a good quality dark rum lke Appleton Extra would be tasty too even if not the same as the ONO Cajun Spiced and catdaddy isn´t a rum. To get the spiciness of the ONO Cajun Spiced, add a little simple syrup that you flavour lightly with cinnamon, clove and allspice and you may top with just a little a little rootbeer to get a flavour that at least a little may resemble that of the Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine,( i`m soon posting a review of it btw.)

Whatever you choose to drink, the important thing is that you enjoy yourselves and remember the end of the prohibition.

Happy Repeal Day!