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I have heard of moonshine many times over the years. Just the word evokes images of bottles and barrels in the backwoods of the country somewhere. When I first heard about Ole Smoky Moonshine, I thought it was interesting that there was a company that actually sold moonshine. Here’s a little background on them.
Currently, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine retails eight flavors of moonshine made using authentic East Tennessee recipes, jarred and shipped directly from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery. The Ole Smoky Moonshine™ distillery, known as The Holler™, is America’s most visited distillery and produces the brand’s signature flavors: Ole Smoky® Original Moonshine, White Lightnin’™, Moonshine Cherries™, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine™, Blackberry Moonshine, Strawberry Moonshine and Lemon Drop Moonshine™ are available in 49 states and Canada. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine can be found at local retailers and is sampled and sold at some of the biggest music and sporting events in the country. True to its roots, each Ole Smoky Moonshine™ flavor is born from the hand-crafted recipes of the Tennessee families who have been filling moonshine jars and jugs in the Smoky Mountains for more than a century.
When I learned that they had two new flavors, Strawberry and Lemon Drop, I was quite intrigued and happy to accept the offer to give them a try.
I always thought of moonshine as a term used to refer to alcohol that was made illegally. I learned from reading that generally moonshine is made from corn, and often it refers to a whiskey. I’ve always heard that moonshine is strong. From my reading I understand that is because it isn’t aged, so it has no chance for the flavor to mellow. And mellow is something that Ole Smoky Moonshine isn’t. Wow this stuff packs a punch! Of the two, the Strawberry was my favorite. You can detect strawberry in it’s scent, which is potent. It’s both sweet and tart, and has a bit if a burn. I thought it was too strong for my taste straight (there’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just my taste buds prefer sweet and fruity things), so I mixed mine with my one of my favorite non-alcoholic beverages – Strawberry Iced Tea. The combination of the two together was absolutely heavenly. The sweetness of the strawberry tea overcame the burn and the resulting mix was just yummy. They could definitely sneak up on you, and did on me. The Lemon Drop was a different animal. From the moment I opened the jar of Lemon Drop I could only think strong. The scent was strong, as was the flavor, definitely on the sour side. I absolutely love lemonade and in the end I had to mix the Lemon Drop Moonshine with lemonade just to get past the potent smell and taste. I can see where these would be great for people who enjoy hard liquor like whiskey. They’d also be great for baking! And of course, they’re perfect for mixing with other beverages as well.
At 40 proof each, and packaged in the same traditional 750 ml mason jars as other Ole Smoky products, Ole Smoky® Strawberry Moonshine™ and Ole Smoky® Lemon Drop Moonshine™ currently ships to retail stores in 49 states and Canada, available in national retail stores like Sam’s Club and Walmart as well as local liquor stores nationwide.
Here are some simple recipes, courtesy Ole Smoky Moonshine.
Lemon Drop Recipes:
White Lightnin Lemon Drop
Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine, simple syrup, lemon slices, Lemon Juice
Lethal Lemon Squeeze
1oz Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, 1oz Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine, ¾ oz lemon juice, sugar syrup, ¾ oz club soda
Lemon Blackberry Fizz
2oz Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine, 2oz Ole Smoke Blackberry Moonshine, Club Soda, Fresh blackberries and lemon slices to garnish
Lightnin’ Lemon Martini
3oz Ole Smoky Lemon Drop Moonshine, 3oz Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, 1oz dry vermouth, 5/8 tbsp fresh lemon juice, garnish with lemon zest
Strawberry Moonshine Mimosa
Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine and Champagne
2oz Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, 1oz Ole Smoky White Lightnin’, Club Soda, Strawberry slice
Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, 7-up, Garnish with Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries
Ole Smoky Strawberry Moonshine, Strawberry Soda, Garnish with Ole Smoky Moonshine Cherries
Which of those moonshine recipes do you think you’d like to try?
Or is there a flavor of moonshine you think might taste good?