I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again: the folks at Dry Fork Fruit Distillery are undoubtedly some of the nicest people you will ever meet in Virginia! Partners Vince Puccio and Tom Willis make moonshine that is completely legal, with a touch of renegade thrown in.
After a few initial legal hurdles (to be expected in the spirits industry) and some debate as to where they would first set up shop – Vince and Tom decided on an old ice plant in Meadows of Dan, which as Vince says, “has the most wonderfully clear water.” Why is this of significance, you ask? Water purity is one of the utmost critical components in quality spirits production.
They use an old recipe of Tom’s, distilling premium small batch white whiskeys from corn, rye and malted barley, all grown in Patrick County. They don’t use direct heat or flame in their distillation process, so they’re are able to develop a smooth, light product.
Their fruited whiskeys have real berries and damson in the jars to impart natural flavors, which are also from Patrick County. The fruited whiskeys are obviously sweeter than the plain ones, and are great for sipping over crushed ice or mixed with sodas. Their unflavored white whiskey is versatile, especially for mixed drinks. They’ve provided a few suggested recipes below.
Products Offered by Dry Fork Fruit Distillery:
• Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey (traditional, unflavored)
• Moonshine with Blackberries
• Moonshine with Strawberries
• Moonshine with Blueberries
• Moonshine with Mixed Fruit
• Moonshine with Plums
As part of September #VaSpiritsMonth, Dry Fork Fruit Distillery is offering their fruited whiskey for the promotional price of $24.99 all month long!
Dry Fork Fruit Distillery products are available at select Virginia ABC stores. Visit their website for further details on which Virginia ABC stores carry their product. You can also ask ABC store retailers to special order Dry Fork Fruit Distillery products for you.
Suggested Recipes Featuring Dry Fork Fruit Distillery Moonshines:
The Blue Ridge Sunrise:
1 Oz Dry Fork Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey
1 oz. Grenadine
6 oz. of Orange juice
Mix. Shake well and pour into a glass over ice. An awakening experience!
Blue Ridge Mont Julep:
3 mint leaves
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Pour and mix 1 oz. Dry Fork Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey, 1 oz. Dry Fork Moonshine with blackberries (can substitute strawberry if desired)
In a glass muddle the three (3) mint leaves and Simple Syrup. Fill ¾ of the glass with fine crushed ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with extra mint and enjoy.
3 oz. of Cranberry juice
1 oz. Dry Fork Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey
1 oz. Lime juice
Pour all ingredients into a tall glass. Mix well and add ice. Top off with ginger ale.
Garnish with slice of Lime. Be Merry!
Blue Ridge Margarita:
½ oz. Triple sec
¾ oz. Dry Fork Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey
½ oz. Lime juice
1 oz. Simple Syrup
Dash of Blue Curacao
Mix all ingredients in a blender. Salt rim of glass. Mix and pour over crushed ice.
¼ oz. Dry Fork Premium Moonshine Corn Whiskey
½ oz. Grenadine
Mix all ingredients in a tall glass. Place ice cubes in bottom of glass and fill with ginger ale.