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September 2016

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september 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  65 What was your favorite part of Tales of the Cocktail and the Ole Smoky Moonshine tasting room? Tales is such a melting pot. I met people from around the world and had some conversations that I will never forget. The Ole Smoky Moonshine tasting room brought a ton of people to my table; I met and spoke with all kinds of talented and interesting people as I was prepar- ing drinks. I still plan on meeting up with some of these people at their bars when I travel around their parts. That's another great part — meeting people that you will have lasting relationships with! What advice do you have for next year's Masters of Moonshine contestants? Enjoy it. Judges and people can tell when you are having a good time and not faking it. Everyone gets nervous, but smile and know that there is always the next one. They may not say it, but judges include your personality into the score. Ally Richardson, Bartender at Kelly's Village in Plano, TX Caramel Apple Crush ◗ 1½ oz. Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine ◗ ½ oz. banana schnapps ◗ ½ oz. caramel syrup ◗ 1 ½ oz. cranberry juice ◗ 2 lemon squeezes ◗ Ginger beer top What do you like about Ole Smoky Apple Pie? Ole Smoky Apple Pie is one of my most favorites! During the warmer months, I tend to mix it with fresh, healthy options like apple juice, mint, ginger and pear. When the temperatures start to drop, I love making concoctions that'll warm your soul: honey, warm ciders, cinnamon. It's like a sweater for your insides! What is your favorite bar tool? My shakers, of course! Shake your money makers and make money with your shakers! If you could make a drink for any person dead or alive, who would it be and what would you make them? I'd make a drink for my all time fave, Betsey Johnson! I'd have to make her my Hunch Punch Paradise Surprise, made with Ole Smoky Hunch Punch Moonshine, tropical Red Bull, a splash of Sprite, then surprise! You're feeling fab and as if you're in paradise! Now, of course, I would have to serve it in a super one-of-a-kind, hand-painted, Dana-dusted, sparkly, fun- having glass . . . While wearing my most favorite tutu and Betsey heels!!! What was your favorite part about Tales of the Cocktail and working in the Ole Smoky Tasting Room? In the Ole Smoky Tasting Room, I was able to show off the craft that I so truly love, using a product I thoroughly believe in, all while meeting some of the most interesting people . . . some of whom have now turned into friends! What advice do you have for next year's Masters of Moonshine contestants? If I could offer a bit of advice for next year's Masters of Moonshine contestants, it would be simplicity. So many people want to pull out all the stops and flair, which is definitely very entertaining. However, in all my years, I've learned to just K.I.S.S. [Keep It Simple, Sweetie] . . . and face the world with a smile and a positive attitude! Apple Pie "Moont" Julep ◗ 1½ oz. Ole Smoky Apple Pie Moonshine ◗ 3–4 oz. apple juice ◗ Splash of simple syrup ◗ Muddled mint leaves ◗ Fresh apple slice garnish Dana Dixon, Bartender at Swingin Doors Saloon in Nashville, TN

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