Before we start, it’s important to point out that it’s illegal to make your own moonshine. The term ‘Moonshine’ is a slang term to reference high-proof (usually corn-based) white whiskey that was (and still is) made on illicit stills hidden deep in the woods. The name is a reference to the distillers making the spirits late at night under the moon.
In the last decade, many states have passed laws to allow for regulated moonshine. While it might not seem like “real” moonshine, brands like Ole smoky Tennessee Moonshine, Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon, Stillhouse, and Popcorn Sutton’s Tennessee White Whiskey are all making spirits that taste as close to the real thing as is legally allowed. Plus, it probably won’t make you go blind after only a few sips.
Even though many brands make their own flavored moonshines, some are overly sweet, lower in alcohol, and pretty much lose all of the appeal of the potent, warming spirit made by the light of the moon. That’s why, this holiday season, we want to help you to make your own flavored holiday moonshine to share with friends and family (or drink yourself as you think about how terrible 2020 was). Check out our tips below.
Christopher Osburn is a freelance writer located in Rochester, NY. He writes primarily about food and drink and has had his work appear on Uproxx, Thrillist, Food & Wine, Paste, Maxim, Men's Journal and a handful of others.