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Catdaddy Punches with a Kick – Recipe for Mountain Moonshine Punch

By on May 30, 2011, 10:17 am in Food and Drink, Recipes-Drinks | 0 comments

Last fall I was privileged to strike up a relationship with Piedmont Distillers, who  contributed their wonderful spirit, Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, to serve at the LA Helps LA event, in support of the Gulf Restoration Network, that I organized.

When I went to my local BevMo recently to pick up a bottle I went on about how I loved it to the young clerk (in fact, everyone who tasted Catdaddy at our event loved it), but when he asked me what it was like, I had to answer that I really couldn’t tell him. “It’s not like anything else I’ve ever tasted” I responded. And that’s the truth.

Catdaddy happens to have a great punch cocktail recipe at their website, which they were happy to allow me to present to you here, with a bit of adaptation. This Mountain Moonshine Punch (originally created by Jim Kearns and entered into competition at Tales of the Cocktail) makes for a great opener to an outdoor summer party (it’s especially great with barbecue) so I urge you to get to your local spirit store and pick up a bottle, so you can whip up a pitcher, right away.


Moonshine Punch Cropped


Catdaddy’s Mountain Moonshine Punch

6 ounces Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine

3 ounces simple syrup

4-5 dashes of Angostura or Peychaud’s bitters

2 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice

5 ounces grapefruit juice

2 ounces rum

5 ounces club soda

Mix together first 6 ingredients. Finish by stirring in the club soda. Serve over ice, and garnish with a mint leaf.

Yield: 4-6 short drinks

Simple Syrup

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Mix sugar and water together in a small saucepan and stir over heat until sugar is dissolved.

For more Catdaddy cocktail recipes please visit the Website.

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