Just a few miles from my house is the Muddy River Rum Distillery, located in Belmont, North Carolina. As I was perusing my local ABC store one day, I happened to run across their product the Carolina Rum and got a quick history from the employees there. It was enough to convince me to buy a bottle and ever since, I’ve kept Muddy River Distillery’s Carolina Rum stocked in my liquor cabinet.
Muddy River Distillery launched their first product in September, 2012, seven months after owner Robbie Delaney received all of his licensing from the state, local and federal permits required to distill rum. When they were asked how they make rum, the folks at Muddy River Distillery respond with “By staring at a ‘fancy’ water fountain for 12 hours.”
Using their house built stills, Liberty and Democracy, Muddy River Distillery pumps a custom mash made of premium South Carolina molasses and sugar, along with a special yeast they’ve selected to give their Carolina Silver Rum it’s unique flavor.
How do I drink my Muddy River Distillery Carolina Rum? There’s a few ways, actually. I like to sip it neat, mix it into a Manhattan, or a Twelve Mile Limit. What is that last one? I’ve shared the recipe below — just take it easy on them.
Looking for Muddy River Distillery Carolina Rum? You can find it in 300 different stores across North Carolina.
Carolina Rum Recipes:
For recipes using their small batch Queen Charlotte’s Reserve (always great for gift giving):
- 1 ounce white rum
- ½ ounce rye whiskey
- ½ ounce brandy
- ½ ounce grenadine
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1 lemon
- Garnish: lemon twist
- Add rum, rye, brandy, grenadine, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake until well chilled.
- Strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.
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