I lifted the shot glass, threw my head back and gulped it down. Expecting a raw burn in my throat, I got a pleasurable tingle instead. The first hit was one of sweet vanilla and maybe a bit of nutmeg. Our waiter said that he could always taste a bit of citrus—maybe mandarin orange—but I didn’t get that at all. After the first gulp, the smooth sweetness sort of lingered in my mouth and was quite nice. So nice, in fact, that I declined dessert just to hold on to that moonshine magic a moment longer.
If you’re wondering what moonshine even is, it’s distilled corn liquor made in a still of copper pots. Catdaddy is made by Piedmont Distillers in the hills of western North Carolina. Check out their website and see how it’s made. You don’t even have to worry about the “revenuers”. For more information, check out http://www.piedmontdistillers.com/catdaddy/