Credit Valero Doval
This week, the full moon hung the lowest, brightest and largest it will all year, looming 14 percent closer to Earth and 30 percent brighter than other full moons, according to NASA.
August’s so-called supermoon is the second of three large lunar phenomena this year. The satellites of July and September are only “super-ish moons” — technically smaller and dimmer than what we saw this week, which was made even more spectacular by its concurrence with the annual Perseid meteor shower.
To celebrate three dazzling celestial shows this calendar year, I turned to Erin Jameson, a “Libation Liaison” at the Modern’s bar in Midtown Manhattan, to hand us the moon in a glass for this week’s Upshot With a Twist.
Fittingly, Ms. Jameson came up with a beautiful flight of moonshine (also known as white dog, mountain dew and white whiskey) old-fashioneds using three kinds of Buffalo Trace White Dog.
I associate moonshine with a cartoon brown jug labeled with an “XXX” — the kind of high-proof hooch that threatens to burn your taste buds right off. The alcohol is made with grain mash and gets its nickname from the days when illegal distillers made their unaged liquor by the light of the moon to avoid discovery.
But these cocktails enlist a white whiskey that’s kinder to the nose and throat. Smooth, with a slight spice, the drinks are subtle (and definitely strong), but won’t have you under the table until the moon’s next near orbit.
Super Moonshine
(courtesy of Erin Jameson at the Modern)
0.75 ounces Buffalo Trace White Dog (Rye Mash, Mash No. 1, or Wheated Mash)
2 dashes orange bitters
3 dashes water
1 teaspoon simple syrup
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass, add ice and stir. Garnish with an orange twist (or, if using the Rye Mash base, a lemon twist) and a brandied cherry.