CHARLESTON, SC – (November 15, 2019) Garden & Gun magazine today announced Cathead Distillery of Jackson, Mississippi as the winner of the Drink category in its tenth annual MADE IN THE SOUTH AWARDS. The Made in the South Awards celebrate Southern artisans who make products in six categories: Food, Drink, Style, Outdoors, Home, and Crafts.
Cathead Distillery’s Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur was selected as the winner in the Drink category judged by Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark chief operating officer. Inspired by the chicory coffee his parents drank, Phillip Ladner wanted to chase that taste by infusing Cathead’s vodka with ground chicory root. After trial and error and a few tweaks, they produced a liqueur that is citrusy up front with bitter toffee notes to finish. The name hints to the Afro-Caribbean mysticism, and the 66.6 proof lends to more occult playfulness.
“We started the Made in the South Awards ten years ago as a way to recognize the remarkable talent and creativity of artisans, makers, chefs, and designers from across the region,” says David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor in chief of Garden & Gun. “Each year our team continues to be truly wowed by the entries, and it’s an honor to be able to share the winners’ and finalists’ skills and stories with our readers.”
For more information on Cathead Distillery, visit catheaddistillery.com.
To learn more about the winners and finalists and how to purchase their products, pick up a copy of the December 2019/January 2020 issue of Garden & Gun on newsstands Tuesday, November 19 or visit gardenandgun.com/made-south-awards-2019.
The first legal distillery in the state of Mississippi, Cathead was founded in 2010 by friends and blues fans Austin Evans and Richard Patrick. Originally located in Gluckstadt, the distillery moved to the heart of downtown Jackson, the state’s capital, in 2015. Led by Distiller Phillip Ladner, Cathead Distillery currently produces seven products in small batches: Cathead Original Vodka, Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka, Cathead Pecan Vodka, Bristow Gin, Bristow Barrel Aged Gin, Hoodoo Chicory Liquor, and Old Soul Bourbon Whiskey. The name “Cathead,” a term first coined by Mississippi blues musicians as a nod to respected artists, is the brand’s way of paying homage to the state’s rich musical heritage; in this spirit, Cathead also donates a portion of proceeds to nonprofits that contribute to the region’s abundant arts and culture. Cathead Distillery is an event-driven facility and a place for both locals and tourists to enjoy product tastings, live music, community, and a cold beverage.
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About Garden & Gun’s Annual Made in the South Awards
Garden & Gun created the Made in the South Awards in 2010 to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmanship, and to recognize the best available Southern-made products. The annual awards recognize product in six categories (Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors) and are judged by industry experts from across the country. The overall winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and, along with all category winners and runners-up, will be prominently featured in the magazine’s December 2019/January 2020 issue, which will hit newsstands in November 2019.
This year’s Made in the South Awards judges are: Erin and Ben Napier (Laurel, MS), founders of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co., and hosts of HGTV’s Home Town (CRAFTS); Dara Caponigro (New York, NY), creative director at F. Schumacher & Co. (HOME); Rob Samuels (Loretto, KY), Maker’s Mark chief operating officer (DRINK); Carla Hall(Washington, D.C.), former Top Chef contestant, former cohost of The Chew, and cookbook author (FOOD); Laura Vinroot Poole (Charlotte, NC), founder of luxury boutiques Capitol, Tabor, and Poole Shop (STYLE); and T. Edward Nickens (Raleigh, NC), award-winning author, journalist, and outdoorsman (OUTDOORS).