Got Moonshine? Here's 10 Cocktails You Can Make
Whether you call it white lightning or the real mountain dew, there's one hooch that's been hitting the spot for over a century.
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Some may assume moonshine is nothing more than cheap, underground whiskey from down south, but this crystal-hued spirit is being savored now more than ever. Time magazine is reporting that moonshine, defined most commonly as simply an “illegal spirit,” is growing steadily in popularity. Though it's been distilled in backwoods Appalachia since the 1800s and mostly produced in secret, things started to change once the recession hit in 2008, and according to Time, several states “looked for ways to generate employment and keep tax revenue rolling in” by loosening laws regulating distilleries.
So what makes moonshine stand out from the pack of other clear liquors? You can credit that to its distinct flavor.
“Unlike vodka, in which the source grain is often purposely purified to a vanishing point, white dogs are pungently fragrant, with a chewy sweetness to them,” says the New York Times.
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And with a variety of white whiskeys readily accessible, mixologists are increasingly experimenting with smooth drinks that pack a pungent punch, keeping patrons coming back for more.
NPR notes that most states still prohibit home moonshining, but fortunately, several professional distilleries are offering this once completely-forbidden spirit to those ready to shake up their happy hours.
Don’t know what to do with that jar of moonshine? We have 10 tasty cocktail recipes to better acquaint you with this American favorite.