Moonshine - Expert Advice

A strong but flavorful spirit, moonshine has certainly made its mark on the modern alcohol industry. And it doesn't look like the public's interest in the potent potable is going away anytime soon. 

In addition to its potency, moonshine provides a blank canvas, which allows ingredients like fruits and spices to be infused into the liquor. The result is a versatile type of alcohol enjoyed in many ways, from straight-up and mixed drinks to shots and cocktails. If moonshine sounds like a spirit you'd like to explore, companies like Nationwide Liquor make it easier than ever to buy moonshine online.

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The History of Moonshine 

To today's generation it may be surprising, but moonshine used to be illegal to produce. 

In the 18th century, immigrants from Scotland and Ireland settled in the southern United States, ready and willing to use the bountiful natural resources around them to make whiskey. However, anyone making and selling whiskey was taxed by the government. To avoid having to pay the tax, distillers called "moonshiners" would distill their liquor in the dead of night, under the shine of the moon, hence, the name "moonshine" (or so rumor has it).

In short, moonshine is a whiskey that is aged differently than more traditional whiskey. Because there is no opportunity to cover the strong flavor in the aging process, moonshine is difficult to make well. As a result, modern moonshine distilleries are spiking their moonshine with flavors like maraschino cherry, peach, and blood orange. 

Today, making moonshine is no longer illegal — if done so in accordance with the law, of course — but the lore and the mystery of moonshine distilling remain. It's a spirit rooted heavily in the southern U.S., evidenced by the numerous moonshine brands owned and operated by distilleries there. What isn't legend, however, is the delicious drink's ability to sneak up on you if you aren't careful. 

What to Pair With Moonshine

Because moonshine is a stronger, unaged version of whiskey, it's delicious with different mixers. Coca-Cola is a popular choice to mix with moonshine. Bright, citrus flavors, like lemon, grapefruit, and orange, also complement moonshine's pungent kick. Milder flavors, like iced tea, make delicious mixers, as well.

It's important to remember that moonshine is strong, and its flavor cannot be masked by mixers. Its intense flavor is unmistakable, no matter what you mix your moonshine with. When paired with the right mixer, though, it takes the edge off the moonshine, making for a smoother and more enjoyable drink. 

Nationwide Liquor Gives You the Best Variety

Nationwide Liquor is proud to offer a wide range of different moonshine brands and flavors when you buy moonshine online. If you're interested in fruit-flavored moonshine, check out Ole Smokey Peach Moonshine or Belle Isle Blood Orange Moonshine. For a sweeter taste, Sugarlands Shine Appalachian Apple Pie Moonshine might be the moonshine for you. And if you want the traditional, hold-the-cherries-and-iced-tea moonshine, we have that too. In fact, we love Ole Smokey's old-fashioned White Lightning Moonshine

If you aren't sure where to buy moonshine, look no further: You're already here. Nationwide Liquor is the source to purchase moonshine online. 

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