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november 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  83 N ashville's rootin'-tootin' Wildhorse Saloon may be one of the few venues that helped fuel the line dancing craze in the early 1990s, but another thing they're known for is their Cowboy Margarita. The signature drink's popularity may be attributed to the fresh sour mix, but more likely because of the Ole Smoky Moonshine twist. Director of Operations Nina Quincy explains, "We use fresh ingredients [a rarity in landlocked Nashville], and tequila has a much stronger flavor profile than Ole Smoky does. The moonshine really is so much better at complimenting those fresh ingredients. They really go well together. It doesn't have that overbearing flavor that tequila has, and it's a little more user-friendly. Not to mention that being in the South, one of the first things we always hear is, "Hey, what's local?" It's a really good talking point for Nashville for our employ- ees. It's our number-one- selling cocktail, and it always has been." Quincy is no stranger to the nightlife. "I spent 14 years in Vegas managing different venues and, in fact, came straight from House of Blues in Vegas to the Wildhorse here in Nashville. My background has predominantly been very bar/nightlife/entertainment–driven, and when you put all the different venues I've worked at together, that's the the Wildhorse, so it's really cool." With this lengthy and vast experience, Quincy knows a good spirit when she meets one. "I'm a huge fan of Ole Smoky, and I love the relationship we've built with them over the course of my time here in Nashville." The hundred-year-old white whiskey recipe of the original Ole Smoky Moonshine is the perfect fit for the world-famous venue that features live music and the largest dance floor in Tennessee. Made from corn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in two working copper stills, Ole Smoky Moonshine is offered in 15 different flavors and sold in a Mason jar, naturally. With the holidays comin' around the moun- tain, The Tasting Panel features a Christmas-y cocktail with a cowboy take. OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE, WILDHORSE SALOON AND A CITY SLICKER TURNED COWGIRL ◗ 1 tsp butter mix* in a mug ◗ 1¼ oz. Ole Smoky White Lightnin' or Apple Pie Mix ingredients together, top with hot water and stir. If you can enjoy while sittin' by a campfire, well then that'd be mighty fine. Butter mix: ◗ ½ pound butter ◗ 1¼ cups brown sugar ◗ ¼ tsp. cloves ◗ ¼ tsp. nutmeg ◗ ½ tsp. cinnamon ◗ Pinch of salt by Nina Quincy, Director of Operations, Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville, TN Hot Buered Moonshine by Jessie Birschbach / photos by Jason Myers

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