If last night’s full moon had you feeling a little strange along with the anticipation of Halloween tomorrow, then this story will help you feel in the spirit.
While walking through the liquor store I turned down an aisle and discovered shelves filled with moonshine. I remember moonshine from my college days. (No, I was not drinking it.) I wrote about moonshine along with other southern delicacies in my History of the South class where I discussed southern foods and beverages. I interviewed several people with close ties to moonshine. Growing up in Chicago, all I knew was that moonshine was strong stuff that was created in the mountains during prohibition, that it was still made today just in secret and everybody knows somebody who has a mason jar of “White Lightnin’” hidden somewhere.
I was surprised to find it on the shelves ready to be sold to any adult who wanted it.
Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in East Tennessee and distributes its moonshine to almost every state.
The bottle that caught my eye was the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine with Cherries.
After inquiring with a store employee about the product, he told me that “Popping a cherry was like popping a Valium” I thought this warrants further investigation.
The cherries pack quite a punch. According to the folks at Ole Smoky, “Having a bad day, have a cherry, having a good day, have a cherry.”
After the cherries are gone, you can make a cocktail with the cherry moonshine like Sweet Witches Brew or a Shirley Temple “Black.” This isn’t a kiddie cocktail.
Sweet Witches Brew Recipe
- 1 to 1 ½ oz. of Ole Smoky Cherry Moonshine
- 1 ¼ oz. simple syrup
- ¾ oz. lime juice
- 4 cherries from the Cherry Moonshine (cut cherries in half)
- 2 oz. sparkling water
Mix cherries, lime juice, syrup and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight.
Add Ole Smoky Cherry Moonshine to the mixture and stir.
Pour over ice, top with sparkling water.
Garnish with a lime slice and a cherry.
Along with its 100 Proof Cherry Moonshine, Ole Smoky also makes its Original Moonshine for sipping and White Lightnin’ for mixing each 100 Proof (under $25)
Ole Smoky’s 40 Proof Apple Pie Moonshine was another wonderful surprise. It really does taste like apple pie and goes down smooth. I would highly suggest having a little scoop of vanilla or butter pecan ice cream and sip the Apple Pie “Shine” as it is called.
Now, you have a good reason to howl at the moon.
It is available at Spec’s Liquors and Total Wine & More.
If you choose to partake in spirited beverages, please “shine” responsibly.
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