North Carolina (a/k/a God's Country) is home to one of this country's great craft distilleries. In the small town of Madison, population 2,000, the Piedmont Distillery is producing some wonderfully delicious spirits. Some people think of moonshine as being a toxic, distasteful, tongue-biting drink served in a mason jar hidden inside a paper bag that might just cause you to go blind. But welcome to the 21st century, folks, where moonshine is now not only sought after, it's winning some impressive awards.
The Piedmont Distillery is partly owned by Junior Johnson, NASCAR racing legend and Hall of Fame inductee, and more importantly, a multi-generational moonshiner. They use his family's recipe, make it from corn grown in America, and hand-craft it in small batches in copper stills. They also offer natural fruit infused moonshine with apples, strawberries and cherries, so you can get your daily dose of fruits while you imbibe. I was lucky enough to have my first sip of the Midnight Moon on a recent visit to the beautiful state of North Carolina. Our friends were daring enough to compare it to vodka, but Babe and I think moonshine deserves a class all it's own.
Trust me on this one, you will be quite impressed with just how smooth it is.
Caribbean Apple Pie Cocktail
(from the Junior's Midnight Moon website)
2 oz Midnight Moon Apple Pie,
1/2 oz spiced rum,
Shake Apple Pie, rum and lemon slice over ice. Strain into ice filled glass, garnish with a lemon slice.