Queen Charlotte’s Reserve: Muddy River Distillery

Muddy River Distillery
Muddy River Distillery

Muddy River Distillery, located in Belmont, North Carolina and on the banks of the Catawba River was the first rum distillery and just the fifth distillery in the state. Owner, Robbie Delaney, with an obsession for making good quality rum, started the distillery in late 2011 and was legally allowed to make liquor in early 2012. Since then he has produced a variety of tasty rums including Carolina Rum, a smooth silver rum perfect for sipping or mixing with your favorite cocktails and the popular Queen Charlotte’’s Reserve Rum. Queen Charlotte’s Reserve is a small batch rum handcrafted tediously and aged in American white oak barrels. Their Reserve Rum is smooth, yet rich and complex and has gained notoriety around the city for its sophisticated flavors. These flavors come from  just three simple ingredients, molasses, sugar, and yeast, blended in a completely signature style by Muddy River. If you haven’’t had a chance to savor either of the distillery’’s rums, do it this summer. With so many refreshing and tasty rum recipes perfect for the warmer months, you won’’t regret it. Here are three of our own creations, all concocted with Muddy River’s Queen Charlotte’’s Reserve, for your sampling. Muddy River’s rums are available at over 300 ABC locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina as well as many of the great establishments in Charlotte.

Daiquiri

INGREDIENTS:
1 oz Fresh lime juice
1 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
2 oz Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum
Garnishwith lime
Pour into Martini Glass

METHOD: 

First, the lime juice goes into your shaker. Then pour the simple syrup in. Stir and then add the rum. Add ice and then give it a good shake. Strain into a martini glass and serve.

Rum Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS:
3 oz Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum
3 dashes bitters
2 teapoons of simple syrup
1 cherry and orange slice

METHOD:

Add one orange slice and one cherry to a rocks glass. Next add the simple syrup and bitters. Muddle ingredients. Be sure to remove peel before adding rum. Add ice and Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum and stir. Garnish with additional cherry and orange slice if you like.

Dark and Stormy

INGREDIENTS:
1 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz ginger syrup
1 Ginger beer
3 oz Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum

METHOD:

Add lime juice and ginger syrup to a pint glass. Pour ginger beer over the lime and syrup. Top off the drink with 3 oz. of Queen Charlotte’s Reserve Rum. Feel free to split the Dark & Stormy by pouring into two high ball glasses. Garnish with lime and enjoy.

For more info, visit muddyriverdistillery.com.