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MOONSHINE MADNESS

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MOONSHINE: White Lightning, Mountain Dew, Hooch, White Whiskey, White Dog, Pop Skull, Bush Whiskey, Donkey Punch, Kickapoo and a host of other nicknames.

WHAT IS MOONSHINE?
 
Illicitly and illegally distilled and distributed corn liquor found chiefly in the areas of the southern U.S. Yes, ILLEGAL, though the term has crept into legal, federally monitored distilled brands in the last few years. Generally made from a corn mash, real moonshine - the kind made ILLEGALLY by Popcorn Sutton (more information below*) and his Appalachian brethren - is a high proof, clear whiskey. The word "moonshine" is believed to have come from a term for early English Smugglers combined with the fact that most moonshine was produced at night to avoid the notice of the revenuers.

Believe it or not, NASCAR is closely associated with moonshine. The earliest NASCAR drivers, like Junior Johnson, were originally drivers for the illegal whiskey trade who souped up their cars in order to avoid capture. Don't believe me? Just ask NASCAR.
 
Below are some of my recipes for homemade liquors and liqueurs. I've done tons more (I've even infused booze into whipped cream), I think I've think infused nearly every fruit and herb, and quite a few veggies, candies and spice, into some type of alcohol. I just didn't post all the recipes.

Technically these recipes are not really moonshine because I have not distilled anything, I have simply infused flavors into existing distilled booze. However, if you are like me, it's doubtful you have a copper still laying around your house either. But flavoring your own booze is almost as fun, and it's not illegal.

BACON VODKA 
BASIL INFUSED GIN
BLACKBERRY LIQUEUR
BLUEBERRY LIQUEUR & VODKA
BLUEBERRY MINT BOURBON
CANDIED PECAN LIQUEUR
CANDY CORN VODKA
CANDY CORN MOONSHINE
CARAMEL APPLE VODKA
CARAMEL INFUSED LIQUEURS
CHOCOLATE CANDY CANE VODKA
CHOCOLATE CAKE LIQUEUR
CHOCOLATE VODKA & LIQUEURS
CHRISTMAS CANDY LIQUEUR
CRANBERRY LIQUEUR
ESPRESSO VODKA
GARLIC VODKA
GINGERBREAD LIQUEUR
GOOD & PLENTY LIQUEUR
HEIRLOOM TOMATO VODKA
INDIAN CANDY CORN VODKA
KAHLUA RECIPE
LEMONCELLO
ORANGECELLO
PUMPKIN LIQUEUR
QUICK PUMPKIN LIQUEUR
ROASTED HATCH CHILE & CILANTRO TEQUILA
SKITTLES VODKA (If you must)
TOASTED WALNUT MAPLE BOURBON
VANILLA BEAN LIQUEUR
 
*Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton 
(B. October 5, 1946 - D. March 16, 2009)
Famous Appalachian moonshiner from Cocke County, Tennessee.
 
 
 


Either the 1st Thursday in June or June 5th is National Moonshine Day. I say Go With BOTH!
 
"Jesus turned water into wine.
I turned it into likker."
~ Popcorn Sutton
 
 
 



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DRIVING MISS DAIQUIRI Watermelon Mint Daiquiri Cocktail


(Cocktails inspired by the movies, Oscar nominees and winners.)


DRIVING MISS DAISY, 1989
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr
Nominated (1958) for: Best Actor in a Lead Role - Morgan Freeman - Best Actor in a Supporting Role -Dan Aykroyd, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design
Won, 1990:  Best Picture, Best Actress - Jessica Tandy, Best Writing, Best Makeup

Also won:
Golden Globes: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress
BAFTA: Best Actress

Daisy Werthan: What are you doing?
Hoke Colburn: I'm tryin' to drive you to the store!

Who doesn't love this film about an elderly Southern lady's contentious but admiring relationship with her African American chauffeur?


I loved the story and the whole cast and that theme song is a favorite of mine. One of my other favorite things about the movie is how Miss Daisy's car ages right along with the characters. It's a classic in my movie line up, one I watch at least once a year. Any movie that makes reference to the Piggly Wiggly always gets my vote.

It was also a perfect way to pun another Daiquiri for my movie themed cocktail series. Think of this as a mini Mojito, if you make this in a Collins glass and add soda you have a Mojito, but you won't have the fun cocktail pun.


The
DRIVING MISS DAIQUIRI
Watermelon Mint Daiquiri Cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
2 Oz. Bacardi Light Rum
2 Oz. Fresh Watermelon Juice
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Oz. Mint Simple Syrup
4 Fresh Mint Leaves
Ice

Garnish: Watermelon Wedge, Mint Leaves, Lime Quarter 

Tools: Muddler, Cocktail Shaker

Glass: Punch Cup

DIRECTIONS:
Purée watermelon in a food processor, then strain into a small bowl.
Muddle the mint leaves, fresh lime juice and simple syrup in the bottom of your cocktail shaker.
Fill the cocktail shaker with ice, pour in the rum and watermelon juice then shake until well chilled.
Strain into the punch cup, garnish and serve.

Daisy Werthan: Hoke?
Hoke Colburn: Yes'm?
Daisy Werthan: You're my best friend.
Hoke Colburn: No, go on Miss Daisy.
Daisy Werthan: No, really, you are...
Daisy Werthan: You are.
Hoke Colburn: Yes'm.






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