What do you think of when you think of moonshine? Probably multiple images pop into your head of backwoods stills and hillbillies carting it around the Appalachians. The rich tradition of moonshine dates back to the American Revolution and is still alive today.
But there are some things you probably don’t know!
Here is a list of 5 things you probably don’t know about moonshine:
During the Prohibition, moonshine was also referred to as Mountain Dew.
The term “moonshine” comes from the early British settlers. They used this terminology to describe things that were done at night. The nickname stuck to describe illegal activities that had to be under the cover of nightfall.
Back in the bootlegging time period of the ‘20s, boys, like Cooter and Hoss, rigged their cars to be like a Nascar so they could outrun the cops while making their moonshine deliveries. Hence, Nascar was created.
By marking the side of the moonshine bottle with “XXX,” this signified that it had been distilled three times. In other words, it was basically pure alcohol.
Moonshine is not aged. Technically if moonshine were aged, it would almost be whiskey.
Moonshine has thick roots here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Next time you’re here visiting, make sure and try a sip and see what all the fuss is about!