Warm Your Winter Spirit With “Bootleg” Hooch

Craving something to make your winter palate warm and cozy? Straight from the hills of Tennessee, Ole Smoky Distillery has released its two holiday moonshine flavors, Peppermint Moonshine and Shine Nog Moonshine, just in time to soothe your winter blues.

Moonshine (also known as shine, hooch or firewater), historically by definition, is a high-proof, clear, unaged whiskey that is made illicitly. The name was derived from a tradition of creating the alcohol during the nighttime to avoiding detection by authorities, made popular during the Civil War (1861) and accelerated during Prohibition era (1920-1933). Commercial distillers, such as Ole Smoky, produce “moonshine” for legal distribution.

Peppermint Moonshine
Ole Smoky’s Peppermint Moonshine is 100 proof. It smells mildy minty with a hint of sweetness, like candy cane in a jar. In fact, this hooch would be great over ice in a glass rimmed with crushed candy cane. It’s warm going down the chute, perfect for a brisk winter day. Enjoy this peppermint treat straight or as the base of a festive cocktail.

Shine Nog
(Christy Hinko)

Shine Nog Moonshine
Looking for a creamy liquor that you could enjoy just as easily as a tall glass of milk? This moonshine, in at 35 proof, is a combination of vanilla cream and the taste of Christmas cookies. It’s so smooth, you could enjoy it straight, over ice or also as the base of a tasty cocktail.

Most Ole Smoky products are priced at $24.95 with the exception of moonshine with fruits (cherries, peaches, pickles) which are $29.95. Ole Smoky Blue Flame is $34.95 and Ole Smoky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is $44.95.

Ole Smoky, in Gatlinburg, TN, offers dozens of moonshine flavors, whiskey and canned cocktails. And if you’re ever in town, stop by the distillery for a tour. Ole Smoky moonshine is available on Long Island, through many retailers.

Visit www.olesmoky.com to learn more, get some creative moonshine cocktail recipes, to make a purchase and to locate a distributor.

Christy Hinko
Christy Hinko is a managing editor at Anton Media Group. She is a New York Press Association (NYPA) and Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) award-winning writer and photographer.

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