Mississippi is home to a growing number of distilleries and breweries crafting top-quality libations. This holiday season, pour a taste of Mississippi in your glass with these cocktails and brews sure to liven up any holiday gathering.
Cathead Distillery’s Hot Toddy – Jackson, MS
Cathead became Mississippi’s first legal distillery in 2010. Still owners Austin Evans and Richard Patrick are known for their passion for fine spirits as well as blues music. The Cathead name is inspired by a term of endearment among blues musicians. As a sign of respect, blues musicians refer to one another as “cats.”
To support the heritage and rich culture of Mississippi, a percentage of Cathead’s sales assist Mississippi musicians and blues artists. So, boogie down to Farish Street, in the heart of downtown Jackson, and get a taste of Cathead by touring the facility on Thursdays and Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 6 p.m. Until then, pour some holiday cheer in your glass and concoct the perfect Cathead Hot Toddy for a Christmas celebration.
1 bottle (750ml) Cathead Vodka or Cathead Pecan Vodka
1 gallon Martinelli’s Apple Cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 cider tea packs
2 red apples, halved
2 pears, halved
Peel of 1 orange
Peel of 2 lemons
Honey – sweeten to taste
Combine all ingredients and warm to your desired temp (but don’t bring to a boil.)
Charboneau Distillery’s Rum Milk Punch – Natchez, MS
Charboneau, the first legal rum distillery in Mississippi, is home to the No. 1 ranked rum made in America. Before establishing the business in Natchez, Douglas and Regina Charboneau toured distilleries around the world in search of the perfect distillery style. Today, Doug and his son Jean-Luc focus on creating unique products reflecting their passion for travel and hand crafted food and liquor. King’s Tavern restaurant, which is connected to the distillery, is also owned by the Charboneau family with Regina serving as the head chef.
For an exciting weekend road trip, drive over to Natchez and take a mixology class at King’s Tavern and tour the distillery on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. In the meantime, keep yourself warm with Charboneau’s decadent Rum Milk Punch recipe this winter while you string the lights.
Rum Milk Punch
1½ ounces Charboneau White Rum
2 ounces milk
⅛ ounce vanilla extract
½ ounce simple syrup
Garnish with a light dusting of nutmeg and chocolate.
Lazy Magnolia Brewery’s Freeze Warning – Kiln, MS
Lazy Magnolia, founded in September 2003, is the state’s oldest packaging brewery. What started as a couple’s hobby is now a thriving business with products sold in 17 states. Mark and Leslie Henderson continue to bottle a taste of the South and serve it with a side of, “Cheers, ya’ll!” Check out where the creative crafting happens by touring the facility on Thursday and Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. The current seasonal favorite is Freeze Warning. Pair the brew with a hot bowl of chili or stew for one “ale” of a winter night!
This beer was created to compliment cold winter nights and below freezing temperatures. Freeze Warning combines the flavors of fig, plum, raisin and dark malts with a warm finish.