Moonshine, or ‘Lightning’,  is a term I heard quite a bit growing up when family members would speak of my ancestors and others like them in the hills of Whites Creek, Tennessee and surrounding areas. It’s as much as a part of America’s pasttimes as much as Hamburgers and Baseball, except it’s still considered illegal. Hearing the the stories of high speed chases and still busts is always extremely interesting.

 I’ve had my share of shine over the years, from different “distilleries” and flavors ranging apple, pear, and near any other you could think of. My particular favorite has always been mixing a bit in a great cup of coffee…preferably of the Columbian sort.

For anyone interested in it, unless you’re drinking the straight shine; be careful with the flavored because it tastes great and will “make you blind” or “take the enamel off your teeth”…just kidding, but you will certainly not be moving from the floor. I’m going to stop here, because it’s all just making me seem and feel like more of a hillbilly than I am, but then again as Hunter S. Thompson says…

Maybe there is no Heaven. Or maybe this is all pure gibberish — a product of the demented imagination of a lazy drunken hillbilly with a heart full of hate who has found a way to live out where the real winds blow — to sleep late, have fun, get wild, drink whisky, and drive fast on empty streets with nothing in mind except falling in love and not getting arrested…
Res ipsa loquitur. Let the good times roll.”

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3 Responses to Moonshining

  1. stephanie says:

    I just saw one of those small barrells at a rummage sale…. now I can figure what it was for. The kid there did not know…. I should of bought it for 15 bucks

  2. drinkinanddronin says:

    You should have! Then you could of gotten it operational and made that 15 bucks back and more within a few hours!

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