Written by Katie Rose, read the full article on her blog here.
Bloomery Plantation Distillery in Charles Town, West Virginia is bringing moonshine out of the shadows and into the world of quality, craft cocktails. Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine begins with 190 proof moonshine and adds pure cane sugar and farm-fresh ingredients. Their time and effort comes through in every sip. I was able to taste the majority of their line at a recent BookaLokal event.
BookaLokal is a global social dining community that helps people connect through food and beverage experiences around the world. Guests are travelers, locals, and people settling into a new city, and hosts are people who love sharing their passion for food and for where they live with new people from around the world.
Walking into this event, I was greeted by Hope and T, our smiling hosts from Bloomery Distillery. The cheekiness of the banners and labels hinted that this would be a whimsical and laid-back event. An intimate event limited to about 10 guests, we mingled and chatted over our welcome cocktail, The Black Betty. Made with 2 parts Bourbon, 1 part Bloomery SweetShine Black Walnut**, and Raspberry Jam to taste – all shaken over ice. For non-bourbon drinkers, I would recommend reducing the amount to equal parts with the Black Walnut or subbing another dark liquor such as a Spiced Rum.
Heading into the parlor, we learned about the history of moonshine and the Bloomery Distillery. We tasted the majority of their line including Raspberry Lemon, Limoncello, Cremma Lemma, Cranberry Clementine, Peach, Ginger, Black Walnut, and had a surprise addition of the seasonal flavor Pumpkin Spice ~ as you remember from my fall pumpkin series, I love REAL pumpkin spice, and this one knocked it out of the park.
With our newly imbibed knowledge, we headed in to make four cocktails. SweetShine brought an array of mixers, liquors, and garnishes to play with. Chocotenango, a local DC artisanal chocolatier provided chocolate bars to pair with the cocktails. Their selection of chocolate bars included dark chocolate with praline, dark chocolate with cardamom, milk chocolate with hickory smoked almonds, and milk chocolate with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
Head to Katie’s blog to read the rest of article + get great recipes from the event.
**SweetShine’s Black Walnut won “Best Nut Liqueur” at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirit Competition. They were awarded the prestigious Double Gold medal meaning the judges were unanimous in giving it a gold medal. This was my personal favorite, and a bottle is now gracing my home bar.