Unless you’ve been born and raised in the deep South, moonshine might not be something that you are knowledgeable about. A recent resurgence of this historic spirit has taken the distilling industry by storm, and it is unlikely that the “buzz” surrounding its production, quality, and even effect on your social life will die down anytime soon. It’s pretty safe to say that moonshine has outlived its unsavory reputation as a harmful drink that can paralyze and blind even the savviest connoisseur, and with recent distillation methods and standards making it safe for consumption, you owe it to yourself to check out what the fuss is all about.
What’s so special about moonshine, anyway?
Fans of moonshine define it by its unaged nature, clear, corn-based elixir with a high alcohol content---sometimes as high as 190 proof coming off a single batch. It was traditionally made in a homemade still and bottled in a mason jar, and the speedy nature of its inception made it an appealing drink for distillers and drinkers alike. It is appealing to today’s distiller in that batches of it can be produced fairly quickly, and with rock-solid methods of distillation in place, it becomes a pretty seamless process from start to finish. Here are some other unique attributes about moonshine that might just inspire you to find some to sip:
It has a rich, vibrant history deeply embedded in Southern culture. This is your quintessential American drink, having its roots firmly planted in the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains; hard-working farmers looking for additional sources of income turned to the homemade distillation of “shine” to feed their families when times got tough. Over time, this production, sale, and consumption of moonshine led to a period of American history known as Prohibition, which changed American culture around alcohol and drinking. If not for these early distillation pioneers, we would not have the knowledge that we do today about creating quality spirits that are safe to drink. Thanks, guys!
It’s easier to drink than you think. Many people have preconceived notions about the burn or the taste associated with drinking moonshine. Good quality moonshine is actually quite smooth and drinkable, and with an array of varieties, flavors, and even drink recipes, almost anyone can find their favored flavor and become a “shine” fan.
Moonshine is perfect for flavoring. There is no end to the perfect flavor combinations that exist for every taste preference---apple pie, blueberry, peach, blackberry, and lemon drop are just a few of the offerings that you’ll find as the transparent platform gives way to the perfect infusion of fruit and explosive flavor. Pucker up, buttercup!
Moonshine is excellent for mixing cocktails. It’s essentially a whiskey in unaged form, so it would be perfect for blending in with any cocktail requiring a whiskey base. Ditch the vodka and gin and sub a little White Lightning in its place, and you’ll be amazed by the results. One treasured favorite among Palmetto fans is the Summer Punch, a delightful blend of White Lightning, lemonade, and grenadine. It’s a beach party in a glass!
It’s not illegal…. anymore. Due to the scandalous nature of its homemade distillation and distribution procedures, it was considered illegal for a time as big government tried to levy restrictions and standards on its production and use. With Prohibition thankfully in our past and some clear rules for its production now in place, we can hold our heads and our glasses high in celebration of this truly unique American drink. Now if Uncle George still has a little production in his basement, don’t divulge that information. We only ask that you don’t sell it and compete with ours!
Palmetto Distillery--Serving up the best moonshine money can buy
Palmetto Distillery has the market cornered with historical distillation traditions and mash bills that extend back over 100 years. You are getting the real deal when you buy Palmetto Moonshine. Every jar is lovingly crafted by hand using historically preserved recipes and even a copper still that helped start it all to produce the finest moonshine money can buy. If you want a truly rich and authentic moonshine experience, pick up your favorite flavor today. Visit www.palmettodistillery.com for more information. The flavor of the South is calling; are you thirsty?