I was clearly well on my way for a Mexican fiesta for my featured spirit of the month with the all-new, bright green, Margarita Moonshine from South Africa’s very own home-grown Silver Creek Craft Distillery.
What a fun bottle too – it’s almost jug like – and although it could be a real fiesta to drink as is, I would not recommend drinking it straight, it is rather strong at 24% alcohol. I would probably recommend this drink with lots of ice and lemonade. Of course, you should also totally coat the top of your glass in salt and add a wedge of lime. What a perfect summer-time treat!
The new Margarita Moonshine is the latest innovation in Silver Creek’s Southern Moonshine range of unaged, small-batch American-style moonshines and follows the launch earlier this year of Silver Creek’s popular Prohibition Craft Gins.
Fresh out the box and it has already claimed its first prize – Gold at the 2018 SA Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards (SAWWA)!
“In making the Margarita Moonshine, we wanted to create something laid-back and fun-loving. The classic Margarita, said to have first originated in a 1930s bar in Tijuana, was the inspiration,” says Silver Creek Craft Distillery founder and chief distiller Mark Taverner. “When you’re drinking our Margarita Moonshine, you’ll feel right there on an endless beach in Cancún or partying in one of the city’s most vibey nightclubs.”
What is Moonshine?
Distilled in the traditional way, moonshine got its name during America’s Prohibition era when fiercely independent distillers could only ply their art under the cover of darkness, by the light of the moon. These days, however, moonshine is not illegal if it is produced by a licensed distillery.
This era provided the inspiration for Silver Creek’s versatile Prohibition Gins, made in tribute to those heroic souls who fought the 1920s ban on liquor. Prohibition Craft Gin is ideally suited to be further enhanced with garnishes of fresh fruit and herbs, and good quality craft tonics. It’s Pink Gin side-kick is Silver Creek’s Craft Gin infused with raspberries and blueberries, with a touch of hibiscus flowers and rose water.
Located in Gauteng’s Randfontein, the state-of-the-art Silver Creek Craft Distillery does everything by hand – from mashing and fermentation to distillation and bottling. This process allows for extra special care, which is why every bottle is signed by the distiller.
The new Margarita Moonshine retails at around R260 a bottle and is available along with the full Silver Creek range, online at www.takealot.com, and selected bars, restaurants and liquor outlets around the country. Visitwww.silvercreekdistillery.co.za for more information.
Read more about the Pink Prohibition Gin.
Join and explore the online conversation about Silver Creek Distillery and its range of Moonshines by using #silvercreekcraftdistillery or #MargaritaMoonshine or finding them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using @SilverCreekCraftDistillery.
More about Silver Creek’s Mark Taverner
Silver Creek Craft Distillery founder and chief distiller Mark Taverner certainly knows how to have a good time. Much of his working life has been dedicated to hospitality and it was on this journey that he fell in love with American iconography. During a Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour to the USA in 2014, he noted the rise of craft distilleries and the legal production of moonshine. After two and a half years of study and research – including a stint at MoonshineUniversity in Louisville, Kentucky – Mark decided to set up his own craft distillery in Gauteng. And so Silver Creek, its Southern Moonshine and Prohibition Gins was born.