Keith Nordan and Chris Hollifield, producers of the award-winning Carriage House Apple Brandy, opened Carolina Distillery in 2008. Their brandy gets its name from the distillery’s original building, an old carriage house in downtown Lenoir. The recipes for the distillery’s flavored brandies pay homage to previous generations of moonshiners who would use fruit as primary ingredients in their distillations when they ran out of corn. The apple brandy is made using a Hollifield family recipe that incorporates locally grown apples. Carolina Distillery also produces strawberry, white, and apple-pie brandies, all of them distilled in copper pots and single barrel proofed. carolinadistillery.com
Blue Ridge Runner
Recipe courtesy of The Wine Cellar & Bistro, Lenoir, North Carolina
- 1 1/2 oz. Carriage House Apple Brandy
- 3 1/2 oz. Ginger ale
- Lime slice
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add brandy and ginger ale. Garnish with lime slice.