We appreciate the solemnity with which Midwood Smokehouse presents its “Southern Tradition”: a shot of moonshine with a pickle juice chaser. That is respect for the craft. We’re also excited to learn, though, that the team is working on a few new concoctions for later this summer, likely featuring Ole Smoky Tennessee blackberry moonshine as the centerpiece. We will happily shoot the pickle juice while we wait. And hey, can we crash those tasting sessions?
There are several spots that serve up the ‘shine without a designated cocktail listing, so just look at that as an opportunity to be creative. The Asbury is worth a visit for Chris Coleman’s decadent take on farm-to-table Southern cuisine, especially when bar manager Pete Ladino is ready to whip up custom cocktails on command. And speaking of those Troy & Sons libations...
If there’s one moonshine brand you are likely to see again and again in Charlotte, it’s Troy & Sons, helmed by the Carolinas’ matriarch of moonshine, Troy Ball. If you’ve tasted all (or even one) of its Platinum-based drinks, it might be time for a day trip to the mothership. It offers free tours and tastings at 5pm and 6pm Fridays and Saturdays.
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