This cocktail is inspired by Belmont Park’s official cocktail, the “Belmont Jewel.” Since my in-laws are New Yorkers, this is a Kentucky gal’s take on their home racetrack’s delicious libation.
1.5 oz white corn whiskey (Moonshine)
2 oz. lemonade
1 oz. pomegranate or red grape juice
Mix together and pour over a lot of ice in a pint Mason jar. Garnish with lemon. Best enjoyed sitting by the chicken coop in your favorite lounge chair with a couple of bird dogs at your feet.
“White” Corn Whiskey
Have you noticed lately how many unaged corn whiskeys are now commercially available? I’m seriously going to do a taste comparison some day for the blog, after I do some more research on this fascinating and quickly growing field. Maybe when I have a few straight days when complete brain function and the ability to operate machinery are not required.
Until then, I hope you try one for yourself. Unlike the sketchy backwoods ones I tried long ago, the ‘legal’ ones are really not much harsher than an inexpensive vodka, though I think the heavy corn profile makes moonshine taste both rounder, slightly fruit-forward (less mineral) compared to vodka, and in the versions I’ve tried the corn mash flavor pleasantly lingers on the tongue. It’s more than a bit much for me, sipped straight from the jar (although those guys on Moonshiners make it look easy. Gasp), but mixed with some fruity lemonade it’s juuuuuust right.