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Recent Acquistions: Moonshine

Thanks to an out-of-nowhere bout of seasonal allergies, I’ve intermittently lost my ability to taste. If I blow my nose really hard it returns, but, honestly, who wants to be eating and blowing their nose simultaneously? The two activities were never meant to merge.

In the meantime, I’m eyeballing this jar of locally made Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, recently gifted to us by a friend (thanks, Steve!). Tempting though it may be to nip on a brew that similarly possesses no flavor, I think I’ll wait out my temporary olfactory conundrum until I can make up a proper drink with something fruity and herbaceous added to the ‘shine.

What’s your favorite way of kicking back some white lightening? I’m a newbie in this arena!

15 Responses to Recent Acquistions: Moonshine

  • Jeff Wilson says:

    I once lived in a place called Redwood Terrace. It was just a bunch of old houses in the Redwoods. At the end of the road was a house that used to make Moonshine in the 20′s. While I was living up there (in a tree house built in between 4 Redwood Trees) the folks in that house at the top found a hidden room. It was still stocked full of bottles of Moonshine. Needless to say we tried some…. YIKES, potent stuff. I still have an empty bottle from that stash they found.

  • greyson says:

    infuse blackberry or raspberry or peach…what ever suits your fancy, really. Start it now. Give it a week. Extremely Yummy, yet super dangerous. Small doses is all you need. There is a reason it is called moonshine. Its not just for the late night drives…
    BTW-try a nip now, followed by a hot cup of tea (or combine), to help clear out those allergies. You may be surprised.
    Hope you feel better soon! Moonshine is just plain fun!!!

    • Annie says:

      Oh yes, I was going to suggest this down-home remedy: a nip of Shine chased by a spoonful of local wildflower honey, or make a hot toddy with Shine, tea, and honey. I take a spoonful of local honey every day, and my allergies have lessed a great deal this year!

  • aubree says:

    my advice is only to drink just a little bit! i would get nasty headaches from a friend’s “apple pie”–apple and cinnamon and moonshine—so yummy, but SO dangerous!

  • I’ve tried this & had my fair share of local, mason jar “white liquor” (pronounced waihht likker). It always made my stomach churn. Even when diluted with fruity shiz. Whatever you do, do not put it in a Neti Pot. I hope your head clears up! That’s no fun.

  • Sarah says:

    I ditto the peach infusion. That is so yummy. I also am fighting allergies from hell. I hope your nose isn’t as raw as mine. Hachooooooo…

  • Maria says:

    Try pouring a little bit over some garlic and horseradish! That will clear you up in no time flat!!! :-)

  • Melanie says:

    Ive only ever had it straight up! Which is, needless to say, intense. I’ve actually got a few mason jars full of moonshine in my freezer that I have been saving for a special occasion. After reading the other comments, Im thinking this weekend might just be the “special occasion” ive been waiting on!

  • Jenn says:

    Interestingly enough, my grandfather used to run moonshine down what is I95 deep into rural south Georgia where my family ran a small grocery store. I’ll have to find a bottle of this here in Atlanta!

  • Elle says:

    Another to suggest a medicinal tonic with honey (and elderberries, if you have them). My uncle once churned up some peach ice cream with moonshine, fantastic. His best, by far, was boiled pudding ice cream. Good lord, the benefits of being Southern.

  • Chris Bryant says:

    It’s a lot like the white tequilas–perhaps a bit mustier. If it’s GOOD shine we store in the freezer and serve it au natural. Favorite is pouring into shot or vodka glasses and sipping (not shots!) with lime wedges and salt, chili salt good too. Also nice in little snifters along with a little dish of grainy Mexican chocolate, like they serve after meals in Oaxaca. But good moonshine is the key. Otherwise it has to be overlaid with lots of sweet stuff.

  • Katie says:

    An old landlord of mine was a moonshiner and he’d bring us the best shine that I ever drank. I agree with storing it in the freezer and sipping/shooting it iced cold. He sometimes put dried peaches in it and aged it a while.
    One year for a company Christmas party I made homemade eggnog and spiked it with moonshine. I made it the day before, so it has some time to mellow. You couldn’t even taste it, but you sure could feel it……

  • Jess says:

    Just ate at Beasley’s Chicken and Honey in Raleigh, and they had a “Moonshine Margarita” on the cocktail menu. I think it was just moonshine, lime, and cilantro. It was SOOOOO delightful! One of the best drinks I’ve ever had. The cilantro was in teeny, tiny flakes. Magic!

  • Sarah says:

    I can’t be certain, but I feel fairly sure a sip of the shine may cure what ails ya.