This is not your granddad’s back cabinet moonshine. This is not the harsh, hair raising, stomach burning clear liquid that doubled as jet fuel during the big war. No, this is nowhere near that.
We’ve seen many companies come out with moonshine, attempting to deliver on some claim that their distilled spirit is something of old styles, something to instill the law-breaking spirit in all of us though a glass of crystal clear corn whiskey. We’ve seen recipes left and right of ‘homemade’ moonshine that was designed more to shock than be enjoyed, or just concoctions that mixed a bunch of horrible spirits together to make the uber-bad drinks that makes the hair on your head fall out. None of these deserve a place on your, or anybody’s, shelf.
That is where Ole Smoky’s Original Moonshine stands out from the rest though. From the start, it’s about the experience, a mason jar filled with a crystal clear, sinus clearing spirit with a simple label. Inside is something to be dreamed of, not often said about corn whiskey. A refined, smooth taste with a nice bit to it, Ole Smoky has come up with one of the best clear liquors I have enjoyed. Now, this could be a sipper, but honestly, is an incredible base for a cocktail. So working with our friends at Ole Smoky, we have worked out a delicious cocktail that not only highlights the moonshine nuances that is perfect after running from Johnny Law.
Ole Smoky Blonde Manhattan
1 ¾ oz. Ole Smoky Original Moonshine
1 oz. Antica Sweet Vermouth
1/2 ounce Cointreau
2 dashes original bitters
1 Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry
Stir the first four ingredients with ice and strain, up or over fresh ice, into rocks glass. Garnish with a Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherry.