Like Moonshine? You’ll Want To Drink These 7
If moonshine makes you think of hillbillies, you’re missing out. Moonshine has gone mainstream, and we’ve found seven of the best.
By Robert Haynes-Peterson
“You can always tell a moonshine drinker by looking at his nose — the mason jars leave a crease!”
Jimmy Russell, Wild Turkey’s legendary master distiller — he’s been on the job for the past 56 years — is schooling us on white lightnin’. Why is Russell, who makes whiskey, an expert on moonshine? One, because he’s awesome. Two, because what most Americans call “moonshine” is simply unaged corn or rye whiskey. In other words, it’s what pours out of Wild Turkey’s stills before it’s aged to perfection in barrels. (Distillers call it “white dog.”)
Moonshine, when distilled poorly, can blind you, kill you, or make you wish you were dead and blind because of your awful hangover. But when done correctly, it can be sipped just like a whiskey, or mixed into cocktails.
In the past, moonshine was hard to come by because it was, by definition, secretly made in illegal stills. But now several (perfectly legal) “moonshines” have hit the market. Such as …
Firefly Moonshine ($20)
Firefly Moonshine was born on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, on a tree-lined road where good ole southern tradition met a distillery that’s been decidedly meticulous in its moonshine output since its beginnings. (Which, if you didn’t know, is what you want.) These dudes were brewing Firefly for themselves way before they released their baby to the public; even so, they remain the first and largest moonshine distillery in South Carolina, offering top quality moonshine with a flavor for every occasion. No, seriously: Firefly Moonshine comes in White Lightning, Apple Pie, Caramel, Cherry, Peach, Strawberry and Blackberry flavors. Just don’t try them all at once.