July 6 2017 09:42 AM

It came in a Mason jar type glass—the kind of vessel one might expect when sampling some southern moonshine. That’s why the glass Leo’s Outpost used for its “Carolina Moon Juice” was a perfect choice. The main ingredient of t


Midnight Moon Original Moonshine - Leo's Outpost

It came in a Mason jar type glass—the kind of vessel one might expect when sampling some southern moonshine. That’s why the glass Leo’s Outpost used for its “Carolina Moon Juice” was a perfect choice. The main ingredient of their icy-cold concoction was “Midnight Moon Original Moonshine.” Though their legal version of the old fashioned home-distilled liquor wasn’t as potent as granddaddy’s secret stash, it still had a kick. Apparently, just to make sure, the “Carolina Moon Juice” also had a healthy splash of Burnett’s Vanilla Vodka. Maybe to give the drink a bit of color—since at that point, extra alcohol probably wasn’t necessary—Kahlua was added.

Some half and half completed the mixture that was poured over ice. The result was a unique and potent cocktail, that featured the vanilla taste from the vodka and Kahlua—along with the latter’s hints of coffee and rum. The milk and cream seemed to keep the “Carolina Moon Juice” from tasting too sweet while making the Moonshine less virulent. I found it a very drinkable drink. At first, I thought it was odd that Leo’s jar had a handle. By the time I finished imbibing the drink in it, that, too, made perfect sense. It probably was for those who might have a hard time handling their liquor.

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