I was introduced to Cathead Vodka at The Southern C Summit last month. And it was love at first sip.
Cathead Vodka was founded by two college buddies, Austin Evans and Richard Patrick, who while listening to blues music decided they wanted to open a distillery in Jackson, MS. In 2010 they successfully opened the first legal distillery in Mississippi in over 100 years. The company is rich with ties to the Delta and the live music played there. Even the catchy name "Cathead" tells of the company's Mississippi roots.
"Three to four generations back, old blues guys called each other cats. It was a term of respect, like 'that cat's cool.' In the 1930s and 40s, a musician named James 'Son' Thomas started sculpting cat heads out of river clay as folk art to support his music career, and his son Pat still does it. Our logo is a rendition of that art as a throwback to entertainment in the Delta."
They sell three flavors of vodka ~ Plain, Honeysuckle and Pecan. I am currently obsessed with the Honeysuckle. Everything about it says summer!
I was immediately drawn in by the taste of the cocktail we were served at the Bites & Bevs breakout the first day of the summit. While every one else was standing in line for more bites I was chatting up the servers asking for more information on the drink. It was amazing, refreshing and so worth the two I drank. Ok, maybe a third was enjoyed.
They were making Mississippi Mules and, of course, the most important ingredient is the Honeysuckle vodka.
1/2 oz lime juice
2.5 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
4 to 6 oz ginger beer
Serve in a copper mug, or low ball glass, or really whatever you want to serve it in. You can dress this up with a mint sprig, make sure to keep the lime wedge in the cocktail. Stir all ingredients together. Recommend using cracked ice.
Not only have I become a huge fan of the Mississippi Mule since coming home from Charleston, but their Honeysuckle Lemonade is a summer must have for me! Both of these drinks are light and refreshing and perfect for the long hot days of summer! This recipe is for a batch and I highly recommend you make it for a party and be ready to hand out your recipe!
It's delish ...
Serving Size for 16 ~
5 ounce pours
4 cups of CATHEAD HONEYSUCKLE FLAVORED VODKA
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5 to 6 lemons)
1 cup basil simple syrup
4 cups water
Serve In an 8oz mason jar filled with cracked ice & garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wheel. *Basil Water: Just like you would steep tea, take 10 basil leaves and muddle in 1 cup of water. Muddle until water reaches a simmer. Then strain water from the basil.
*Basil Simple Syrup Instructions: Mix 1 cup granulated sugar to equal parts basil water
It was perfect to pour straight out of my batch mix into one glass on Thursday evening when I was exhausted from the long week of school and graduation activities. I even convinced the Hubs that cheese and fruit for dinner was the perfect meal. Of course, as you can see he snuck some salami in on the plate at the very last minute. That boy and his love of all things meat.
I see a lot of these dinners in our future this summer ... and with my new love for Cathead Vodka I am prepared for any occasion!