So, being a girl from the south….excuse me, souuuffffff, Nashville, TN to be exact. Yeee haawww. I felt it only appropriate that I explore this whole Moonshine thing. First of all, moonshine….am I going to be dancing naked under the moon after drinking this stuff? What exactly is moonshine and why can’t I find it amongst the mass of whiskey bottles in the liquor store?
A little history lesson:
- For starters — making moonshine, also known as white lightning, corn liquor or even rot gut(why would you drink something called rot gut?!) — is not legal.
- It’s a part of the rebel character of our nation — since moonshiners defied the law to make the alcohol, often in the secrecy of backwoods and barns.
- Moonshine is any kind of alcohol — typically whiskey — that is made in secret to avoid high taxes or outright bans. The term “moonshine” comes from Britain, where it originally was a verb, “moonshining,” that referred to any job or activity that was done late at night.
- Shortly after the Revolution, the United States found itself struggling to pay off an expensive war. The government decided to place a federal tax on liquors and spirits. The American people, who had just fought a war to get out from under oppressive British taxes, were not thrilled. So they decided to just keep on making their own alcohol, disregarding the federal tax.
What’s in the stuff?
- Moonshine is typically made with a corn mash — fermented corn and water, but Mr. Ayers, 73, whose past generations of family members made the alcohol, said anything that can sour will do for the brew. He said once the alcohol is distilled from corn mash it creates a whopping 100 proof alcohol.
Today you can fine Moonshine in regular or varying flavors in most states at 80 proof. The original 190 proof is completely illegal in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Washington, California, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Virginia and West Virginia.
So I tried moonshine, more specifically, apple pie moonshine, for the first time last month. My friend brought a bottle back from Texas and one sip and I fell in love! Dangerous stuff, because it literally tastes like mommas fresh apple pie, mmmm. I then took a trip to Pennsylvania to see my family and low and behold (backwoods don’t fail me now) my cousin’s dad had brewed up a couple batches and I was in apple pie heaven. So of course I came back to San Diego with the recipe in hand and……lemme guess…..you wanna know how to make it too?!
Apple Pie Moonshine
What you’ll need:
- 1L of Moonshine (if you can’t get moonshine just use Vodka)
- Sealable jars such as mason jars
- 1 Gal apple cider
- 1 Gal apple juice
- 7 cinnamon sticks
- 3 cups of sugar
Step 1: Bring cider, juice, sugar and cinnamon sticks to a boil (I didn’t have a massive witches brew pot for all of the ingredients so I did it in 4 batches which fit perfectly each time in a normal large pot) If you do this then use 1 cup of sugar each time with 3 cinnamon sticks in each batch.
Step 2: Let contents cool
Step 3: Add Moonshine or vodka to cooled mixture. (If you did it in batches like me or don’t have, again, a witches sized caldron, then I would divide the alcohol into your storage jar of choice and add in the juice mixture to each one)
Step 4: Add 1 cinnamon stick to each jar for extra flavor before pouring your sweet concoction in to store.
You can enjoy immediately but the longer the beverage “get’s happy” the better!
Cheers and shine on ya’ll!
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