Recently I had the chance to sit down with Pat from Cathead Distillery to try some product. Though they weren’t able to get rolling until 2010 they had a business plan in 2005. It took them 5 long years of fighting and working but eventually Mississippi gave in, that’s the way it works down in Dixie sometimes. I’m glad they did put their noses to the grindstone though because now the deep south has a distillery that I think it can really lift up and be proud of. Founded by guys who really care about putting out a craft product with a uniquely American and southern bent. They also have a love for blues and live music to, which shows in every corner of their brand.
For the first two years they’ve been making their money with a well made corn vodka that hast a lightly sweet creamy finish from the base grain. Even though I’m not really a vodka fan I do buy their brand for my home bar because there’s always a little call for a vodka. There’s is quite good and affordable so it’s never any trouble. Pat was neighborly enough to give me some of it and their only flavor to work with at home. It’s a well made, quality product, and used in all of our house vodka cocktails. While there we also sampled their only flavored Vodka “Honeysuckle” which is a flowering vine in the south that has sweet edible stamen. I’m even less a fan of flavored vodka usually but it is 100% naturally flavored and it has a very nostalgic taste for me. It tastes just like the vines that used to grow around my home when I was young. It’s rather fun to mix with though gently flavored.
What really drew my eye though was a new limited run gin they released. It was made for one of the main partner’s wedding since the bride’s family(The Bristow’s) adored gin (Smart folks), and it was never really gonna see the sales floor. It was much beloved though so they recently rolled out a limited number of cases across the southeast. It boasts 11 flavorful botanicals and manages to really represent all of them well, it has a very pleasing sweet orange note in the middle that I find wholly unique and lovely when you compare it to the rest of it’s spicy flavors. It’s been popular with the Birmingham cocktail set and I have no doubt quality cocktail bars across the southeast will find a spot for it. Hopefully this “Limited Run” might see full time production.
As I’m writing this their first liqueur is beginning to roll out to markets, what I believe to be the nation’s first Chicory liqueur named Hoodoo. The label is Crimson with images of Papa Shango and it’s delightfully spooky. I can see big things among Tikitenders for this product and once I can get some I’ll have a review handy. They have whiskey aspirations, and given their eye to detail and quality I am supremely excited for their release.
If your interested to find out more, I recently did a piece for the St. Clair News Aegis that you can read here. It’s complete with recipes for each current product.
Here’s one of my favorites to wet your whistle… For more see the News Aegis Article!
2 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
1/3 oz fresh pineapple Juice
¼ fresh lime juice
½ honey mix (Read the News Article for this and More Cathead recipes!)
1 Angostura bitters
Shake with ice and strain up into a coupe or goblet.